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From left, Cpl. Mike Jimenez, Cpl. Monte White, Officer Art Azcona, Officer Brian Rodziewicz, Officer Eric Herbert and Cpl. Ryan Snedecor with K-9 Spike. 

HOBART — Resource officers will be at every school building starting next school year as mass shootings across the country seemingly become more commonplace, the city's Police Department announced Thursday.

This summer, four new resource officers with the Hobart Police Department will complete state-mandated training, along with shoot/don't shoot and building search/response training, according to a news release.

Once trained, officers will be stationed at George Earle Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Joan Martin Elementary School and Ridge View Elementary School. Two officers, including a K-9 officer, are already stationed at the high school and middle school. 

Of the four additional resource officers, one will be a K-9 team. 

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"The goal will be to have an officer in every school every day while children are in school. The K-9 team will be made available for the needs of any school building, as well as, the other K-9 teams assigned to patrol," Hobart Police Chief Rick Zormier said in a news release. 

Since Zormier became chief in 2013, he said it was common to see increased patrols in all schools, particularly during arrival and departure times and during routine visit during the day. 

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The increased presence is a way forge better relationships between the police and the school community, Zormier said in the release. 

"I am proud to say that our partnership with the school district will put us on the forefront as some of the safest schools in America. While all of the best training, equipment, and planning cannot prevent all circumstances, we will be in the best position to overcome such an event," Zormier said.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.