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School resource officer a possibility

The city of Estacada and the Estacada School District are taking steps toward securing a school resource officer from the Sandy Police Department.

The School Resources Officer would hold a year-long contract and would add to the daily rotation of officers during the summer months when school is out of session.

City Recorder Denise Carey said the officer will be funded jointly by the city and the school district.

The addition is estimated to cost the city $45,000 to $50,000, though City Manager Bill Elliott said the additional coverage may save the city thousands in overtime pay for officers assigned to Estacada.

Elliott said the cost of the School Resources Officer has been included in the preliminary budget and it appears the city can afford it.

He said city Budget Committee members will receive the preliminary budget on April 27 and consider it during the budget committee meeting May 4.

“I think this is a great use of money,” said Mayor Brent Dodrill before adding a note of caution. “Budget discussions still need to take place to see if this all happens.”

The five city councilors present at the April 13 council meeting unanimously approved an Intergovernmental Agreement and authorized Elliott to move ahead with the agreement.

Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita said she won’t hire a school resource officer until both the city and school district finalize the funds in their budget process and sign the contract.

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