Pike sheriff eyes state

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 10, 2000

grant to add more deputies


Staff Writer

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May 9, 2000 10 PM

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas is hoping to expand his department with the aid of some grant money.

Two years ago, the department applied for a Community Oriented Policing Services grant administered through the Department of Justice and got three officers.

This year, they’re trying again.

The COPS in Schools grant would provide for a school resource officer.

"This is something we definietely need to consider," Thomas said.

Last week, the sheriff’s department dispatched four deputies to a school where "a number of students" were involved in a fight, Thomas said.

The sheriff said John Key, superintendent of the Pike County Schools, is in favor of having a school resource officer.

Thomas is also applying for grant money from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to provide for a K-9 and equipment of the trainer, plus equipment to outfit a seven-man tactical team and three vehicles.

Thomas said he is asking ADECA for $123,000 with the county providing a 10-percent match.

Currently, the sheriff’s department is working on money from five grants.