These funds will help pay the cost of salary and benefits for six law enforcement officers who will be stationed at schools in Tuscaloosa. These officers will be sworn law enforcement officers and will be permanently assigned to a school or school system. Their primary role will be to safeguard students by providing a law enforcement presence on campus. They may also teach crime prevention and substance abuse classes, serve as coaches, and monitor and counsel troubled students.
Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $684,000 for the City of Tuscaloosa for the COPS program. It is important that we continue working to improve our various law enforcement programs. By hiring six new law enforcement officers devoted to school safety, we are making a commitment to the safety and well-being of our children.