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December 22, 2014

Talladega schools may get new resource officers

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Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 9:39 pm | Updated: 9:46 pm, Fri Jul 18, 2014.

When classes in the Talladega City Schools resume next month, two resource officers from the Talladega Police Department may be joining the students and faculty.

According to Talladega Police Chief Jason Busby, one of the two officers will spend 80 to 90 percent of his time during the school year at Talladega High School, with the remainder of his time spent at the other schools in the system.

The second officer will float between the junior high school and the system’s elementary schools.

Last year, the city of Talladega applied for a Community Oriented Policing Services grant to pay for the two additional officers. The grant covers 75 percent of the salaries for the two officers.

The city is responsible for providing the officers with vehicles, equipment and relevant training. The board of education is responsible for the remaining 25 percent of the salaries for the two officers, which comes to about $11,000.

When school is not in session, the two officers would work as patrolmen for the city.

The board has not begun working on its budget for the coming school year, but the resource officer positions were mentioned casually. It was not clear to the board members if the positions were going to be filled in the coming year or not.

After the grant was awarded in the summer of 2013, the necessary paperwork was delayed briefly by the shutdown of the federal government.

Busby said Friday that everything was in order, and that there was nothing standing in the way of implementation for the coming school year.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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