By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – The agreement between the Police Department and Dearborn Publics Schools for resource officers, for which the school district reimburses the city, will be offered to private schools.
Currently, five school resources officers provide enhanced police protection at the city’s schools for 10 months of the year, for which the district reimburses the city $500,000 per school year, which covers the police officers’ salaries and benefits.
A sixth school resource officer may be offered to private schools based on a cost algorithm being developed by Police Chief Issa Shahin, Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said Sept. 22 during the mayor’s briefing to the City Council.
“(Shahin) is approaching them and saying, ‘If you want a school resource officer dedicated to you, here is the algorithm to how to break up the cost,’ given that most of the schools are much smaller,” Hammoud said.
He said the DPS Board of Education has approved the contract with the city for its five resource officers.
Hammoud said the algorithm for the SRO shared between private schools would be based on the number of students and other relevant factors, and would absorb the cost of the shared SRO in the same manner as the city’s public schools, at no cost to the city.