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Heights requesting resource officer

LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin told the county commissioners Monday morning that the Prairie Heights School Corporation is interested in having a resource officer for the school, starting as soon as possible.

Martin told the commissioners that the district would be interested in the same agreement with the county that Lakeland Schools currently has. The corporation would be responsible for the full salary and benefits of a deputy that would work at the school. The district would also cover the maintenance and fuel costs of the officer’s car.

Martin noted that the department would have to replace that position with a new deputy.

Prairie Heights is also interested in using the resource officer for safety and transportation, as well, Martin said, working with the Indiana State Police on bus inspections and other items.

Martin said the program with Lakeland has been great. “I wish all three schools had a resource officer,” he told the commissioners.

 Commissioner Larry Miller agreed and moved that the commissioners give a positive recommendation as the request moves to the county’s HR committee and the county council.

In other business:

The commissioners approved the sale of a small utility vehicle to the parks department along with the purchase of a new utility vehicle (referred to as a XUV). The new vehicle will be purchase from Filmore Equipment at a cost of $11,150. It was noted that the list price is $13,805. The county is looking to arrange the purchase so that they are the first ones to buy equipment when Filmore opens their new location in early 2014.