When the City Commission meets next week for community awards and presentations, it will take up one budget item – a stop-gap funding measure to pay for Miami Beach Police officers to be in the six public schools located within the City. Following the tragedy in Parkland, Commissioners agreed they wanted to put officers in the schools as soon as logistically possible and continuing through the end of the school year. At the March 7th meeting, Police Chief Dan Oates said hiring and training new officers will take time. Rather than pull from other areas, he said overtime could be utilized to put officers in the schools without impacting coverage in other parts of the City.
The City still has to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to allow the officers into the schools. In the meantime, Oates said he could station an officer outside each one.
At this week’s Commission Finance and Citywide Projects Committee meeting, Oates said the cost to place one officer in or right outside each of the six public schools in Miami Beach during the remaining 48 school days starting on April 2 is $182,000. The figure includes eight hours of coverage at each elementary and middle school and nine hours at Beach High.
Stop-Gap Funding Considered to Put Police in Schools:
Commission will discuss budget amendment