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FUNDING SOUGHT FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE OFFICER

West Seneca is seeking federal funding for a school resource officer who will be assigned to the West Seneca School District.

The Town Board on Monday night voted to submit an application to the COPS in Schools Program for $125,000 over three years to allow the West Seneca Police Department to hire one officer for the schools.

"I do hope we succeed," Town Supervisor Paul T. Clark said. "This gives us more police presence in the schools."

Clark said the town has already run a successful pilot program and is seeking the grant money from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The town will match grant funds with $66,949 in cash over three years.

Clark said that the schools were doing well and that plans for the school resource officer are a preventive measure to keep things under control. The officer would be working closely with the chief of police and would also be available to the town when needed.

"This is another big step in making West Seneca and the schools safe," Clark said.

The board also voted to authorize the supervisor to negotiate an agreement with the school district to pay costs not covered by the grant.

Clark said the program was another example of the town and school district working together in the best interests of the students and residents.

In other business, the board approved a budget transfer of $22,000 to update the town's computer service.

Councilman Vincent J. Graber Jr. said the town would save about $4,000 a year in phone costs when the change is complete."

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