$22 million would put police inside each Miami school
Written by Miami Today on March 12, 2018
In the aftermath of the mass school shooting in Broward County, Miami city commissioners have discussed ways to provide more protection in schools throughout the city.
A request was made of new Police Chief Jorge Colina to calculate the cost of adding uniformed police officers to the schools. At the commission’s March 8 meeting, he estimated the cost to put full-time officers inside every publicly funded school at $22 million the first year and $15 million a year thereafter.
The estimate covers 123 new officers, equipment and benefits. Pensions weren’t included.
But the chief said he would not want the added responsibility of police officers inside the schools. Commissioners have asked the city manager’s office and police department to consider reactivating the police reserves to get volunteers in the schools, along with perhaps part-time police officers. Chief Colina said he planned to meet with school district officials and Miami-Dade County police on the matter.