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Sullivan County Legislature has approved funding for School Resource Officers. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny has more.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- Three schools in Sullivan County will now have a School resource officers on campus starting this fall.
During a special meeting earlier Tuesday, the Legislature approved partial funding to put Resource Officers in Monticello High School, Livingston Manor and Tri-Valley Central School District.
Both, Sheriff School Superintendents we spoke to say this is an important step toward making students safer at school.
"When something does happen there's no substitute for having an armed police officer on scene to stop any type of aggression that might be there for our children," said Mike Schiff, Sullivan County Sheriff.
The Sullivan County Legislature unanimously approved a measure, that calls for hiring and funding three full-time Deputy Sheriff's to serve as school resource officers.
"Our children are our most important asset and to make sure they're safe is our core mission," said Dr. Deborah Fox, Livingston Manor Central School District Superintendent.
Starting this fall students at Monticello High School, Livingston Manor and Tri-Valley Central School District will see school resource officers in their schools.
"Research shows that to have someone inside the building to be able to respond from within rather than be called in does make a difference in life or death," said Daniel Teplesky, Monticello Central School District Superintendent.
The cost of the resource officers will be shared between the county and the school districts, with the school districts reimbursing the county for 70 percent of the cost of the new school resource officers.
"How we can spend our resources in a way that benefits the most number of people. We have scarce resources and we have to stretch them. We want to protect the most vulnerable in our population," said Cora Edwards, D-Sullivan County Legislature.
Both, Superintendents Teplesky and Dr. Fox say this is an important step toward making students safer at school.
"We think the collaboration between the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is going to be very beneficial for our students, our staff, and our parents, our school community at large," said Dr. Fox.
"It's wonderful not only for the students but for our community to bridge that relationship," said Daniel Teplesky, Monticello Central School District Superintendent.
And for the Sheriff's Office it's about protecting the students and staff, but its also about building relationships.
"They're involved in that school they're involved in what's going on, interacting with the teachers, administration and that students, and it's an important bond it's an important thing for the community," said Sheriff Schiff.
Now, A number of schools in the county already have school resource officers, some even hiring private security guards. That's something the superintendents we spoke to say that's something considered but in the end decided against saying they wanted deputies to help keep their hallways safe.