County Commission Approves Matching Funds For 8 New School Resource Officers

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The County Commission on Wednesday approved matching funds to a $1 million federal grant bringing eight more school resource officers to the local schools.

The total cost to the county will be $1,289,141. 

The grant runs for three years and the county must agree to keep it going for a fourth.

The total expense to the county includes some equipment purchases, some salaries and benefits during the first three years, and the full cost the fourth year. The capital purchases will be for vehicles, equipment, uniforms, weapons, vests and other items.

Sheriff Jim Hammond said it will take several months to train the new SROs, who will also work as patrol officers during the summer months. He said they should be in the schools by the next school year.

It has not yet been decided where they will go, but he said schools that lost SROs earlier would likely get replacements.

There are currently 16 SROs supplied by the sheriff's office. There are two paid for by the city of Chattanooga and two by the county schools.

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