County commission considers SRO for Centreville schools

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department is expected to begin a five-year partnership with Centreville Public Schools.

During Tuesday’s county commission executive committee meeting, undersheriff Jason Bingaman gave details of a potential agreement that would place a school-resource officer in the two-building district.

Commissioners agreed to put the matter on the agenda for their monthly board meeting Tuesday next week, when the proposal would become official with support of the seven-member panel.

Centreville Superintendent Chad Brady raised the issue before his board of education in February and was given the green light to follow up on the concept.

Bingaman said the five-year contract averages about $100,000 a year. The school-resource officer would start Aug. 12 and work year-round.

He said the sheriff’s department currently has school-resource officers in White Pigeon Community Schools and at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District. Meanwhile, Sturgis Public Schools has an agreement with Sturgis Department of Public Safety related to the services of a school-resource officer.

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