Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will increase the costs for school resource officers

(Hillsboro) The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is in agreement with various area school districts to provide a school resource officer for that district. The cost to have a sheriff’s deputy serve as a school resource officer is going to increase starting next school year of 2024-25. Sheriff Dave Marshak says he met with the area school superintendents recently to inform them of the changes.

Sheriff Marshak says they are asking the districts to pay for a total of 200 days minimum for the services of that officer.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office provided a total of 8 deputies to serve as school resource officers. They include two officers for DeSoto schools, two for Northwest R-1, and one each for Grandview R-2, Jefferson R-7, Windsor C-1, and Seckman High School in the Fox District. Other school districts like Festus R-6, Hillsboro R-3, Dunklin R-5, Crystal City, and the remaining Fox District have school resource officers provided by their local municipal police departments or are hired by the district themselves.