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Shelby Co. sheriff says municipalities should pay for school resource officers

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The municipalities are leaving the county school system in 2015, so the sheriff says they should now pay for the service. Commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, are all for it. The municipalities are leaving the county school system in 2015, so the sheriff says they should now pay for the service. Commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, are all for it.
Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham is calling for municipal schools to take on the cost of paying for school resource officers. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham is calling for municipal schools to take on the cost of paying for school resource officers.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham is calling for municipal schools to take on the cost of paying for school resource officers.

The nine officers are currently working in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, and Millington, and the sheriff currently pays for them under his budget.

The municipalities are leaving the county school system in 2015, so the sheriff says they should now pay for the service. Commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, are all for it.

"They're going to continue to do the work in the municipal schools, and the municipalities are going to pay the bill," said Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland.

Commissioners say it is fair for the municipalities to pay for their own school resource officers, since they are breaking away from the county school system next year.

"You just can't push that off on someone else. If you want a municipal school system, you've got to pay. You can't freeload," said commissioner Henri Brooks.

The sheriff is sending Memorandums of Understanding to the superintendents of those municipalities to pick up the cost at $54,177 per officer.

Lakeland is the one municipality that would not have a school resource officer because itonly has a grammar school. Deputies are not assigned to those grade levels.

"We should treat all the municipalities the same, whether it's Memphis or Lakeland or Germantown. They knew when they were going in to start their own systems that they would baring a good share of the cost including security," said commissioner Heidi Shafer.

The sheriff says he has had no resistance from the municipal superintendents. Commissioners say this plan will offer consistency.

"You have deputies that have already been doing this so it won't mess up the flow," said Roland.

In the coming weeks, the county and the municipalities will iron out the plan.

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