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Supervisors approve funding for two SRO positions

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night during its meeting in the colonial courthouse to fund two full-time School Resource Officers. The officers will serve elementary schools at both ends of the county for the remainder of the school year.

When the board approved its fiscal year 2019 budget, it included two new part-time SRO positions in the sheriff’s department to be funded directly by the school’s operating budget at $84,000. However, according to Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren, recruiting for the part-time positions has been challenging.

“We certainly gave the part-time (process) 100-percent effort,” Warren said. “But we didn’t come close.”

When asked the expectation of being able to fill the two full-time positions for the remainder of the school year, Warren was very optimistic. He said several of his current officers have expressed interest in transferring to serve as SROs and ano...

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