Macomb Township recently partnered with L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office to enhance security at a high school in the township.
On July 27, the Macomb Township Board of Directors approved an amendment to the 2022-2024 Law Enforcement Contract, specifically for a School Resource Officer who will be assigned by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office to the secondary school L’Anse Creuse Nord.
“Given the current environment surrounding the safety of our schools, the supervisor’s office recommends that we approve this request,” Supervisor Frank Viviano wrote in a July 20 memo to the board.
L’Anse Creuse High School North is part of the L’Anse Creuse Public School System and is located at 23700 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.
“One of our school liaison officers retired last spring and we have decided to re-engage with the sheriff’s office on the school resource officer program,” said Erik Edoff, superintendent of L Public Schools. ‘Anse Creuse. “They were very interested and presented a potential cost-sharing program with Macomb and Harrison Townships. We are delighted that both townships graciously agreed and we will have two new Macomb County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers in our district next year.
Edoff said they will now have two LCPS School Liaisons and two Sheriff Macomb Liaisons. He said state-approved money for school security would be used.
“This item was brought to my office. Schools in L’Anse Creuse were asking us to help share the cost of a school resource officer,” Viviano said. “This is standard practice and most high schools cost share, school districts cost share with the police agency of a school resource officer. All local high schools have them that I know of, and L’Anse Creuse asks us to participate.
Viviano said the issue was discussed during the budgeting process. Treasurer Léon Drolet said the benefit of police protection goes beyond the school.
“I learned a bit during this process that we share the costs, but also the benefits,” Drolet said. “Because the officer not only responds to school situations and emergencies, but on weekends or during the summer, he acts like a regular township officer, responding to calls from the township during, in the summer, during holidays , you know, that kind of thing.”
In a memo to council dated July 20 and included in the council packet, Viviano wrote that the township had a similar resource officer agreement with Dakota High School. Dakota is a school in the Chippewa Valley Schools District, located at 21051 21 Mile Road in Macomb Township.
“There is real value in what these agents bring to students. I want to say from my friends and all of our staff who have students at Dakota, that the Resource Officers there really engage with the students and become trusted confidants to many of them. So I think it’s a good thing that we help build relationships with our police at an early age,” Viviano said.
The Amendment to the Township Agreement for Law Enforcement Services is from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024. It states that the agreement is made on September 1, 2022 between Macomb Township and Macomb County . According to the amendment, the county and township entered into a contract for law enforcement services dated November 18, 2021 and that the contract is for the period of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024 for the amount of $5,469,844. $. , $5,572,452 and $5,692,017 respectively.
The amendment also states that the contract provides funding for a lieutenant, a sergeant, 30 patrol assistants and a school resource officer. He adds that the public schools of L’Anse Creuse were interested in adding a school resource officer for the secondary school North of L’Anse Creuse. According to the amendment, the canton intends to finance 50% of the cost. The amendment breaks down the costs, stating that the additional endowment will result in an additional cost of $22,785 for the four months in the year ending December 31, 2022, $70,042 for the year ending December 31, 2023, and 72 $002 for the year ending December 31, 2023. 31, 2024.
The amendment clarifies that all other terms and conditions of the existing contract remain unchanged and in effect, and that the county will provide additional law enforcement services, billing the township.
At a Macomb County Board of Commissioners Records and Public Safety Committee on July 11, Macomb County Sheriff’s Commander Jason Abro said L’Anse Creuse Public Schools had asked to replacing private security with law enforcement assistants at L’Anse Creuse High School North and L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township. L’Anse Creuse will pay half of the total cost of $660,000. The townships of Macomb and Harrison will share the cost of $330,000 over three years beginning September 1.
Harrison Township is paying $7.6 million for 2022-24 for 14 deputies, five vehicles and a COMTEC dispatcher. On July 11, the Harrison Township Board of Directors approved allowing the supervisor to sign an agreement with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. The agreement approved the addition of an amendment to the township’s Macomb County Sheriff’s Office contract, requiring the township to pay 50% of the cost of a deputy at L’Anse Creuse High School through 2024. The council also clarified the addition of clauses requiring a marked car and that the officer be assigned to the township outside of normal school days.
Minutes from the July 11 meeting of the Harrison Township Board of Directors show that the township’s share of the cost of the resource manager for L’Anse Creuse High School starts at $22,785 for the remainder of 2022 and reaches $72,002 in 2024.
“This program will give us great flexibility with our school safety program and will add to our overall school safety plan,” Edoff said. “Although the new SROs are placed primarily in high schools, they will work from all of our school campuses and be present for many different events and activities. There are also benefits for townships during non-school hours, as they can add to the total number of deputies available to Harrison and Macomb Townships.
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