TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe School Corporation and county government are splitting the bill for two school resource officers.
On Monday, Tippecanoe County Commissioners approved on a funding plan for TSC’s School Resource Officer program. The plan calls for Tippecanoe County to fund one of the officers, while TSC will fund the other officer.
Tippecanoe Sheriff Tracy Brown said because the costs a school resource officer can be well over $100,000, funding had to be split.
Brown says a state grant has allowed many school corporations across the state to either add another resource officer or upgrade security devices.
“There is nothing that better protects our children than having a police officer available on site. I am convinced that, that is the best protection,” said Brown.
Earlier this month, Deputy Chuck Shumard was appointed as the second school resource officer and will be ready for the start of the school year Aug. 13. He joins Deputy Aaron Gillman.