BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin County leaders are pledging big bucks to protect our children.
The aggressive plan calls for a 50% increase in armed school resource officers in Baldwin County; officials say it's a first for Alabama.
The goal is to provide one armed law enforcement officer at each of the 47 Baldwin County Public School campuses on permanent assignment as a school resource officer.
This would add 16 new officers to the 30 already in the county the superintendent, the sheriff and county officials say no new taxes will be required to pay for the new officers.
Municipalities will be reimbursed by the county for the salary and training of their school resourse officers.
Its a plan that could cost between two and three million dollars a year and the funding would be shared by the school system and the county commission.
County officials say waiting around for federal or state dollars is just too risky.
The proposal will be considered at this afternoon's school board meeting and would go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.
If the board approves the plan the money will be handled through the commission and the sheriff's budget.