CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Officials in Western Maryland are proposing using five off-duty state troopers to provide school security.
The proposal in Allegany County would cost about $300,000 per year.
The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/YKMG36 ) that the plan was presented by Robert Farrell, the county school board's coordinator of safety, security and risk management.
Board member Mike Llewellyn said it could be a "pilot program" for the state.
The troopers would not be in uniform but could use their cruisers under the plan, which also seeks the addition of a sixth retired trooper to teach drug abuse classes.
The proposal would have to be voted on when the county adopts its fiscal year budget by June.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html
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