Law enforcement officers in all Baldwin County Schools
Posted in the Baldwin County Forum
#1 May 4, 2013
I am posting to begin the process of informing and searching for parents of children that attend Baldwin County public schools.
I posted the following topic at al.com . I have given you the link below as well as the text.
Basically the premise is: we should be proactive and prepared instead of responding to a bad situation where our children get hurt or killed because of a school shooter.
There is a deterrent effect to having an armed officer in each school.
The response time for an officer within the school if a shooting occurred is drastically lower than for officers responding from the surrounding area (if they are even close).
Currently, it is my understanding after speaking with Dr. Alan Lee (the BCBOE) superintendent of education, that he and Sheriff Mack are on the same page as far as the need to have officers in the schools.
After the Sandy Hook, CT shootings, they convened a meeting of law enforcement from all levels (federal and local) and the conclusion of the meeting it was determined that the BEST option for us is to have one officer in each school.
It is estimated that we will need an additional 38 officers or deputies (as a mix). If Sheriff Mack is to provide through the county, then he will have to hire and train and retain 38 deputies.
The cost to train the hire and train the initial group will be approximately 3.8 Million. The deputy's salary and training the first year run around $100,000.
The estimated costs (including an inflation factor of 3.5%) for 38 deputies beginning at 60,000 a year is:
Year 1 - 2.28 million
Year 2 - 2.359 million
Year 3 - 2.442 million
Year 4 - 2.527 million
Year 5 - 2.616 million
Year 6 - 10 - 2.616 - million
Total cost after tens year =$30 million(this is a rough estimate)
One assumption is that the deputy salaries don't continue to increase indefinitely.
I assumed for our purposes that the top end salary plus overhead is $68,000 +/-.
Second assumption: there will be promotions, new hires, resignations etc. So these costs will fluctuate UP, and not down most likely.
What needs to happen next?
You all need to thoughtfully consider if you support this.
Your county commissioners need to hear from you in a thoughtful and respectful way. Do us all a favor and do not send them unkind and rude letters. They have all commented they are on our side and agree that there is a great need here in order to protect our children. How we arrive at funding this is another discussion. But they need to know you SUPPORT this.
Our commissioners also need to be reminded that they provide for public safety in all corners of the county in regard to fire and police services. This obligation does not stop because we cross the threshold of a school house door.
Please forward this post to your friends and family that have children enrolled in the Baldwin County School System.
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