|SRO’s For All Marshall County Schools|
On January 7th Sheriff Norman Dalton presented a proposal to the Law Enforcement Committee stating that Marshall County needs a School Resource Officer in each school in the County. At this time there are 4 SRO’s. To provide every school with an officer on sight, the County needs to hire 5 additional officers.
Sheriff Dalton is requesting a letter to be drafted and signed by Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett addressed to the City offices of Lewisburg, Cornersville, and Chapel Hill to request funding of School Resource Officers in every Marshall County School. The request is for Lewisburg to furnish funding for 2 officers, for the City of Cornersville and the City of Chapel Hill to furnish funds for 1 officer each, and for Marshall County Government to furnish funds for 1 additional officer. The cost of one officer plus a vehicle could be as high as $80,000 for the first year but could be as low as $65,000 if a used car and equipment can be purchased. The first year will be the most expensive due to the initial investment for the car and equipment. This proposal would result in the funds to pay for 9 School Resource Officers, one in every school, to protect the students of Marshall County providing our children with a safe place in which to learn and peace of mind for the parents and families of Marshall County.
This proposal will be presented to the County Commissioners at the next scheduled Commissioners meeting.
Sheriff Dalton also commended the 4 current SRO’s for a job well done.