Deputies to work with more school districts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is expected to provide officers to four more school districts in the upcoming school year.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday approved partnerships with Byron Center Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools and Kenowa Hills Public Schools, according to a release. Lowell Area Schools, which is still working out funding with a community partner, is expected to firm up an agreement soon.

School Resource Officers from the sheriff’s department will work with the districts to improve security and will investigate school-related cases.

Deputy Andy Jonkman will work with Byron Center, Deputy Scott Cook with Kent City and Deputy Tim Erhardt with Kenowa Hills.

The districts pay 70% of the costs for the SRO. Bryon Township, the Village of Kent City and Tyrone Township will help fund the SROs for their respective school districts.

The sheriff’s department funds 30% of officer costs, and the county’s general fund pays for other vehicle, equipment and operating costs.

The sheriff’s department already provides SROs for Northview and Forest Hills public schools.

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