A $2.2 million grant will bring eight school resource officers to TUSD campuses in the fall.

The three-year grant from the Arizona Department of Education will allow the district to place SROs from the Tucson Police Department at Utterback Magnet Middle School, Booth-Fickett K-8 Magnet School, Catalina, Cholla, Palo Verde, Pueblo, Santa Rita and Tucson high schools.

School Resource Officers build relationships with students and teach law-related education.

"One of the most important parts of the SRO’s job is to help create an environment where students feel safe and ready to learn,” said TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.

The Tucson Unified School District hopes to have the officers in place by early September.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@tucson.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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