Splitting the Costs of School Resource Officers in Alachua County
ALACHUA COUNTY - Multiple agencies around Alachua County want to keep resource officers in public schools - but law enforcement comes at a cost.
So the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department have asked the school district to pay 50 percent of the costs - both personnel costs and operating costs for things such as guns and ammo - as they keep the resource officers in all schools.
Sheriff Sadie Darnell says the presence of law enforcement is not just to keep people out.
Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff: "a school deputy is not just someone there with a gun to protect everyone. That's one priority but we are also there for that relationship building with that child."
There was no push back from the school district at Wednesday's special meeting.
Representatives there say as long as there is money in the budget from the state legislature, they will consider the increase.
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