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The St. Charles County Police Department will continue to provide school resource officers in the Orchard Farm and Francis Howell school districts until June 2018, although the school districts may pay more to use them.

The County Council authorized County Executive Steve Ehlmann to execute new three-year agreements with the two school districts that pays a portion of the school resource officers’ salaries. The council took the action at its April 27 meeting.

Until 2011, the county had paid for the school officers’ salaries but the county began charging the districts for the officers as one way of helping provide pay raises for department officers.

The agreement calls for a 3-percent increase for the first year of the agreement – June 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 –  and subsequent 3 percent increases each of the next two years of the agreement.  The 3 percent increases cover additional salary and benefits.

During the first year of the agreement, school districts will reimburse the county $34,249 for each commissioned officer assigned to a school. In the second year, the districts will pay $35,276 for each resource officer assigned to a school and $36,334 for each officer assigned during the third year of the agreement, which ends on June, 30 2018.

The county has been placing specially trained commissioned officers in schools in the unincorporated area since 1997. The officers work closely with students as part of its community police program to protect students, teachers and staff from violence, drugs and other disturbances.

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