JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Jamestown Public Schools to provide funding for a school resource officer during its Voting Session this week.
According to the adopted resolution, Jamestown Public Schools will reimburse the City for $109,479.79 in an effort to cover ten months of the cost for a police officer. The City, under the agreement, will cover $22,059.50 for the cost of the remaining two months of the officer’s work at the Jamestown Police Department.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist spoke with WNY News Now prior to the meeting. A former educator, Sundquist explains how he is thrilled with the return of an SRO.
“School resource officers are really embedded in our high school and in our schools,” Sundquist said. “It’s a really incredible thing. I know during COVID we had such a crazy change in school schedules that it’s made it very, very difficult, but we’re really excited to be able to partner with Jamestown Public Schools again to provide them a school resource officer.”
Former Jamestown Police Officer and current City Councilman At-Large Jeff Russell and Corporate Counsel Elliott Raimondo noted prior to the vote that Jamestown Public Schools discontinued funding for SROs because of the uncertainty of COVID-19.
Police Chief Tim Jackson told WNY News Now following the meeting that the Department is awaiting word from the district regarding the officer’s official duties.