MCSO pushes to bring back school resource officers

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO)_District 51 could soon be getting back some of the school security it lost because of budget cuts.

On Monday, the Mesa County Commissioners gave the green light to a grant application that would to revive three school resource officer positions.

Since the beginning of the year, almost a dozen schools in Mesa County have not had law enforcement officers patrolling the hallways.

The Mesa County Sheriffs Office says it's trying to find at least a temporary solution until the County can once again find funding for school resource officers.

Facing a multi-million dollar budget shortfall back in December, the Sheriff's Office made the decision to eliminate three of the four student resource officers. It's a service that's been funded by the County for the last 10 years.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is applying for a half-a-million dollar grant that would allow it to rehire the three school resource officers that were laid off.

The Sheriff's Office won't know if it's been awarded the grant until sometime this summer.

District officials say they were not aware of the grant until 11News told them. They say they are in full support of bringing back the school resource officers.

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