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Florida School District to Spend Millions on School Resource Officers to Abide By State Law

A new Florida law is requiring that all school district-ran schools have at least one armed school resource officer and the Broward County School District just agreed to spend $3.4 million to abide by that law.

A new Florida law is requiring that all school district-ran schools have at least one armed school resource officer and the Broward County School District just agreed to spend $3.4 million to abide by that law.

On Tuesday the school district approved a $3.4 million school security contract with Broward Sheriff’s Office that will be in place through June 2020.

"I am definitely comfortable with the agreement," Broward School Board Member Lori Alhadeff said. "We are making sure that we are in compliance with state law that we have one SRO officer or guardian at each school."

The requirement is a part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was passed by the 2018 Florida Legislature.

The school district already has several BSO school resource officers in its schools.

The contract will also come with an increase in pay for BSO school resources officers. SROs’ wages will go from $46,000 to $54,700 per officer, reported Local10.com.

"We want to make sure it is the same delivery of service and that there is the same expectation regardless of what city or agency is providing that service," Brian Katz, Broward Schools Chief of Safety and Security, said.

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