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Does every school need an SRO?
County debates adding five officers
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Are the kids who attend outlying county schools as important as the ones who attend schools in the city limits? That was a question asked during Monday night’s Warren County Safety Committee meeting when the topic of funding school resource officers (SROs) for every school was debated.Commissioner Les Trotman said there are presently five SROs who work within the school system. Two are stationed at Warren County High School, one at Warren County Middle School, and two float between the remaining eight schools.Trotman said he had conferred with the county’s director of accounts, Linda Hillis, who said the salaries with insurance for five additional deputies to work as SROs would total $193,833.Trotman said the officer stationed at WCMS would cover Warren Academy too.Sheriff Jackie Matheny said the total quoted would only cover salaries and insurance.“That does not include them having something to drive, weapons, uniforms, etc.,” said Matheny.Trotman said, “If they use leftover cars, we won’t have to buy any.