Security for merged schools could cost $2 million

(WMC-TV) – We have new details in the school merger set for next year. After the schools merge, the Shelby County's Sheriff's Office will be taking over the task of providing school officers.

But in order to do so, it will take $2 million. And last night, the Shelby County Commission unanimously approved the funds.

According to The Commercial Appeal, in addition to replacing veteran officers, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham plans to hire 35 new officers. That means the Department will have to hold a recruiting class.

This is all happening because the Memphis Police Department will no longer provide officers in schools post the merger.

If MPD decides to provide the officers, then the Sheriff's department will not seek new recruits unless there is a need for more than 35 deputies.

But for now, it looks like the Sheriff's Office will be in charge next year of providing security in your child's school.

The Commercial Appeal also points out there are more than 80 security officers who are not certified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

But the Sheriff's Office will petition the new superintendent to have control over those officers as well.

Action News 5 will be monitoring this merger every step of the way, and we will continue to provide updates as new information comes in.

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