Swanson Talks School Resource Officer Funding

State Rep. Dan Swanson

Finding money for school resource officers.  That’s an issue facing Illinois right now and local State Representative Dan Swanson says there is a need, but schools can’t foot the entire bill and neither can the state so he says there should be some type of shared arrangement.

Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley said last week that preliminary discussions are underway with the Mercer County School District to have a resource officer presence in each of the district’s five buildings. He indicated each resource officer would cost in excess of $40,000.