Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Police officer possible for Franklin Schools

Department asks 3-year, $125,000 grant

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FRANKLIN — The Franklin Police Department will learn later this month whether it will be able to put a school resource officer in the Franklin Schools.

        Capt. Gerry Massey said the department has applied for a three-year, $125,000 Community Oriented Policing (COP) grant it will use to assign an officer who would split his time between Franklin junior and senior high schools.

        “This is something our chief and the superintendent have been talking about for the last few years,” Capt. Massey said. “It will link the schools and police department.”

        If successful, the schools and city have agreed to fund the position for two years after the grant runs out, said Dinzle Brown, Franklin Schools superintendent. Franklin Township officials also will be asked to share the cost for the fourth and fifth years.

        Without the grant, the schools would not be able to fund the position, Mr. Brown said. The officer would be expected to have daily contact with students, prepare training programs as requested by teachers, provide security, make anti-drug and anti-violence presentations, attend some after-school activities and work on truancy, Chief Massey and Mr. Brown said.

        “He would be used to try to solve problems before they escalate,” Chief Massey said.

        Under an agreement approved by city council and the school board, the two agencies will share the cost of the officer, with the schools paying two-thirds and the city one-third. Mr. Brown estimated it would cost the schools less than $200 the first year, about $4,000 the second year and $8,000 the third year.


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