Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum has submitted a proposal for funding to the county commission that would put a full time, certified school resource officer in each school in the county. The proposal requests seven positions and has an estimated starting cost of around $450,000.
“In the wake of such tragedies such as Sandy Hook and Parkland, we can no longer be complacent when it comes to the safety of our children. We cannot conform to the mindset that it will never happen here,” stated Sheriff Shrum.
The Sheriff says he has met with members of the school safety committee regarding the issue and struggles to fund the program.
Sheriff Shrum explained, “There is a mutual understanding between members of the school safety committee and the Sheriff’s Office that the county nor the school board can fund the entire cost of the project on a recurring basis. It is my intentions to ask each entity to fund half of the cost.”
The initial costs to start the program include salary, training, and equipment for each SRO. Sheriff Shrum suspects the annual recurring cost will be significantly less than the requested startup cost of $450,000.
“While some may look at the price tag of this project and say we cannot afford to do it, I see the face of our children and I say we cannot afford not to do it,” commented Sheriff Shrum.
The Sheriff is scheduled to meet with the budget and finance board on Thursday evening.