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Marion County, Florida schools: Cost of security rises | #itsecurity | #infosec | #hacking | #aihp

The cost of Marion’s 57 gun-toting school resource officers continues to rise, with three-year contracts with law enforcement agencies climbing by 20% since the last three-year contract in 2019.

Over the summer, the Marion County School Board approved three-year contracts, one each with Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Belleview Police Department.

During the last waive of contracts, signed in 2019, the cost per year for all the officers was $3,623,617. The average annual cost for the three contracts signed this year was $4,345,687.

2019-20:School security price tag is $4.65M per year

2019:Active shooter drills continue in Marion

2020:District wants partial refund since SROs were on the road in April

The 20% increase is due in part to the rising cost of equipment and fuel that the officers use. Two-thirds of the cost of the law enforcement officers is paid with proceeds from the 1 mill school tax that voters last approved in 2018. It expires on June 30.

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