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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Commissioners approve third deputy for school safety pilot program

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (JULY 6, 2018) – A school safety pilot program will bring a dedicated Clark County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer into the Northwestern Local School District during the 2018-2019 school year.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office agreed this spring to partner with Tecumseh Local Schools and the Springfield-Clark County Career Technical Center to place an officer on its campuses throughout the day. The Board of Clark County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office agreed to place a third officer at Northwestern Local Schools at its Thursday, July 5 commission meeting.

“We want every child in Clark County to feel safe when they go to school,” said Commissioner Rick Lohnes, who championed the program along with Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett.

The total cost for the deputies is about $255,000. The county will pay about $105,000 while the three school districts will each pay $50,000 for its assigned deputy.


The program is expected to begin in August. It will operate for one year with an option to reevaluate at its completion, Burchett said. The deputies will be placed back on the road during the summer based on the needs of the program, she said.

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Media contact:

Sheriff | Deborah Burchett, 937-521-2049
Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031
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