Officials discuss bringing in armed resource officers in Otsego County schools

The process to bring an armed officer into Otesgo County schools is slowly moving forward.

Posted: May 2, 2018 7:05 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 7:07 PM

COOPERSTOWN, NY-- The process to bring an armed officer into Otesgo County schools is slowly moving forward.

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. submitted a proposal to the county's Public Safety and Legal Affairs Committee for the funding of two deputy sheriff positions, which would be designated as armed School Resource Officers.

But according chair of the committee, Edwin Frazier, R-Unadilla, the county board of representatives need more information on exactly how the implementation would work, for example, where the officer would be placed and how long would the officer serve each specific school.

Frazier, briefly discussed bringing armed resource officers at the county board meeting on Wednesday, to inform the rest of the board.

Devlin proposed adding two resource officers, one of those will be assigned to the Otsego Northern Catskill Boces in Milford, which is included in the school's budget.

The other armed officer that would rotate around the district, which would cost roughly $85,000.

"If it goes through committee it could be implemented, there's training time and stuff necessary to put the right person... in those positions," Frazier said. "So that's what we're looking at today. Now that being said the sheriff has discretion today to put any of his officers in any of our schools that he deems necessary, at no cost to the taxpayer other than opportunity cost because they are on the road somewhere."

The board is expected to move forward later this month with a possible vote during the next meeting on May 13.

If it is approved the entire process could take 12 to 18 months to hire and train the officers. Devlin has said he hopes to have officers ready for fall of 2019.
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