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County BOE might add more resource officers

Published 12:18pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Tallapoosa County School Board discussed plans to have school resource officers at each of the three county high schools during its meeting Tuesday.

Tallapoosa County Superintendent Joe Windle explained to the board that Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett is applying for a grant through the Federal Law Enforcement Homeland Security.

The grant is for two resource officers.

Windle said the aim is to get at least one officer, and the school board would have to put in 12.5 percent to help pay for the new officer if the grant comes through.

Windle also told the board the Dadeville City Council is willing to partner with the board and hire one more full-time school school resource officer to work daily if they split the cost of training the officer, paying salary and benefits and providing a car.

Windle estimates the board would have to contribute  about $22,000.

“That would give us a full-time resource officer here,” Windle said. “If Sheriff Abbett comes through, our plan is to put that officer in Reeltown. So we would have a resource officer at all locations full-time.”