Sheriff seeks funds to keep deputies in elementary schools

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM.

Commissioner Dave Parisot said he sees the funding of the school deputies as primarily a school district issue.

He noted that “nothing has changed in Okaloosa County since the school tragedy in Connecticut.”

“We’ve got the same schools,” Parisot said. “We’ve got the same students. We’ve got the same parents.”

He questioned the usefulness of a school resource officer as a preventive and protective measure.

“A law enforcement officer is one person,” said Parisot, who said that a deputy can’t be present at all entrances to an elementary school.

Parisot also told Ashley his agency should assume more of the financial burden of the cost of the deputies.

Windes voiced full support for Ashley’s plan.



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