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Greencastle police seek grant for school officer

May 05, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle Police Department has applied for federal stimulus money to fund a school resource officer in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

Police Chief John Phillippy said he submitted for two grants in April that would fund one full-time position in the school district.

The first grant he submitted in April would fund three years of salary and benefits for position, estimated at $200,000, he said.

The second grant would fund two years of salary and benefits plus equipment, estimated at $245,000, he said.

Both grants require the borough to continue funding the position for an additional 12 months.

Phillippy said should the borough receive both grants, it would only accept one.

A school resource officer would relieve police department from answering calls at the high school, he said.

He also said it would give students a positive impression of police and dispel the belief that officers are around only when something illegal has happened.

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