UPDATE: Oxford mayor says school district should pay officers

OXFORD — Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson has suggested the city discontinue paying two of six police officers now assigned to the public schools.

The school district now pays for four officers and the city two. Patterson tells the Oxford Eagle that the school board should foot the bill for all the officers, or as many as they want.

Patterson says the city will honor an agreement for the two officers this year but wants to opt out in the fall.

The school officer program started in 1999.

Patterson says the city will continue to train and equip the officers.

Oxford schools superintendent Kim Stasny says four officers cost the district a little more than $200,000 per year. She says two more would cost about $100,000.

The Associated Press

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