Officials decide against $1M grant for officers in schools

Jan 22, 2016

Officials in western Michigan are taking a pass on a $1 million grant that would have put eight police officers in public and faith-based schools.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the decision came after Grand Rapids Public Schools pulled out of the effort.

The Kent Intermediate School District and Grand Rapids Christian Schools had been interested in participating in the program.

The Grand Rapids district, which has a public safety department, was to receive four officers.

School and police administrators said last year the idea was to improve relationships, fuel future for recruitment and help to address safety concerns.
 
District spokesman John Helmholdt says, however, that the "timing wasn't right."

He says parents and others indicated they weren't comfortable with police in schools.