Shelby Commission Oks funds for new deputies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County Commission has approved $2 million dollars to hire new deputies as the sheriff's office takes over responsibility for 25 additional public schools. That occurs next fall as the Memphis and Shelby County schools merge.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham plans to put veteran deputies in the schools as resource officers. The funds approved Monday night will pay for hiring recruits to replace the deputies.

The 35 planned new deputies will replace the 25 veterans assigned to schools and also replace 10 detectives to investigate school crimes and handle traffic incidents.


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