JACKSON, Miss. –You can perhaps rest a bit easier when sending your kids off to school. They are now going to have trained police officers on some of their campuses to help keep them safe.
The State Board of Education has agreed to spend $1.57 million to put 157 of those officers in public schools in 50 districts across the state. The idea for the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing program came from Lt. Governor Tate Reeves in response to that shooting last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“I’m proud we can place 157 additional trained officers in Mississippi schools to protect the precious lives of children,” said Lt. Gov. Reeves. “MCOPS is an example of a state and local community partnership that can provide a service citizens want, and I look forward to seeing even more schools take advantage of the program in the future”.
The program provides $10,000 for each officer. Your community would have to come up with the rest.