Plan To Add SROs In Rutherford Co. Elementary Schools
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – The Rutherford County Sheriff's request to have a full time officer at every school in the county was endorsed by the county commission on Thursday night.
Sheriff Robert Arnold announced last month that he would present a funding proposal to the County Commission.
During a budget and finance committee meeting Thursday, commissioners said they will consider funding the new SROs during the budget process.
There are already 44 officers at middle and high schools, but Sheriff Arnold's plan is to hire 11 more SRO's for elementary schools. The proposal includes benefits, training, equipment and cars for the SROs. Some within the Sheriff's office are already trained to be SROs.
The new officers would cost the county about $1.2 million.
"I guess if you ask the people in Newtown, Connecticut, it wouldn't be much of a discussion. If you think about dollars and sense versus the possibility of saving children's lives," said Rutherford County director of schools Don Odom.
The plan would run from 2012 to 2017. It does not apply to Murfreesboro City schools.
The Rutherford County SRO program was one of the first in the state. It was founded in 1993 with five SROs.