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CITY SCHOOLS TO KEEP POLICE PROTECTION... FOUR MORE YEARS
The Clinton Police Department's efforts in landing grant money, for a school resource officer, have proven successful. CPD received a grant from the United States Department of Justice "COPS" office to fund one school resource officer for the next three years. The award amount was just over $112,000. A fourth year will be paid for by the City of Clinton and the City Schools.
In order to receive the grant,.. the City of Clinton and the Clinton City Schools formed an agreement to partner in a School Resource Officer program. The three year budget, $150,000, covers salary, benefits and uniforms. The grant provides 75% (approx. $112k) with a local match of 25% (Approx. $38k). Both parties also had to agree to fund the position for one full year following the end of the federal funding.
The city has three elementary schools, which have each enjoyed the protection of a police officer since last January. “Both our city council and school board wanted to reassure our community that the schools would be protected in the wake of the New Town, CT school shooting” said Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough. Officers have shared the responsibility to cover the schools by working overtime. The city and the school system split those costs evenly. “It is a testament to the leaders of our city. We are going to do all we can to protect our students and staff.” added Chief Scarbrough
Vicki Violette, Director of Clinton City Schools, said: "Clinton City School District is very excited to have this program in place. Having School Resource Officers in each school gives our students, staff members, and parents a greater level of security from issues and situations that could negatively impact a safe learning environment."
Clinton Mayor Scott Burton told reporters: "Our children are our most important commodity.. I am glad that the we are able to make the extra effort to better protect the students attending city schools. Working together with the schools will prove to be a worthwhile endeavor."
In order to continue to have an officer at each of the three schools, both the city council and the school board will each fund an additional officer.