Boost in Law Enforcement Presence in Schools
GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Deputies and Gainesville Police will boost patrols in elementary schools when students return from holiday break.
Law Enforcement say they will be at all elementary schools for 6 weeks monitoring and checking to make sure children are safe.
This comes after the school board met with both GPD and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to come up with a solution to ease parents minds when their kids go back to school.
The problem is law enforcement don't know if they can stay longer than six weeks because of their budgets.
Grandparents Linda Tanner and Dianne Voitle are pleased law enforcement will be inside the schools.
"At this time I think its a better solution, but I dont know if its a long term solution, " Linda Tanner a grandparent said.
Alachua County Deputies say it would cost nearly $18,000 to put deputies at 12 elementary schools outside the City of Gainesville limits, that money would come from the sheriff's overtime budget.
It would cost $5100 a day to staff an officer inside the school.
"If the answer is putting a uniformed officer in the schools that's something no one has ever budgeted for," Officer Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department said.
GPD and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office say it was not budgeted for 12 deputies and officers to patrol the schools but even though it was not included in their budgets, they do believe protecting children comes first.
"We can't absorb it indefinitely, but we will absorb it a short time until we come up with a better solution, " Art Forgey with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said.
Gainesville police and Alachua County Sheriff's officials say there will be a training session for deputies and officers who will work in the schools.
The school board along with GPD and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office hope to have a resolution when they have their next meeting.
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