Hamilton County commissioner proposes redirecting funds to school district's security officer program

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / David Sharpe is commissioner for District 6. The Hamilton County Commission met in regular session on February 12, 2020.

On a given school day, there are at most 27 school resource officers, or SROs, covering 79 Hamilton County schools.

Hamilton County Commissioner David Sharpe wants to hire more lower level officers to provide broader coverage to students.

"I'm of the opinion that we can do a better job of protecting Hamilton County Schools, and the 44,000 students there within, by creating a department at Hamilton County Schools that would cover every school," Sharpe told the Times Free Press last week.

"When I drop my kids off at school, I want to know that there is someone that gets up every day and their priority is ensuring that our schools are as safe as they can be."

To spread out the county's resources, Sharpe wants to end Hamilton County Sheriff's Office's resource officer program and use that funding, instead, to expand the Department of Education's school security officer program.