Someone’s Not Being Truthful about Lincoln Parish School Resource Officers

There are questions regarding the Lincoln Parish School Resource Officers (SRO) Program that need to be answered prior to any vote for additional taxes.

Specifically, taxpayers need to know which of the district’s schools now have an SRO assigned to them, and what agency has ownership of the program.

Here’s what’s posted on the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s website:

School Resource Officer

Deputies in the Juvenile Division are certified as an SRO. Deputies are assigned a school that they work at to provide security and safety for the students, faculty and staff. The SRO’s work during the school day as well as school sponsored events. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has SRO’s assigned to all parish schools from Elementary to High School.

From Sheriff Mike Stone’s 4/8/15 re-election announcement:

“We’ve always been prudent and good stewards of the public’s money,” Stone said. “From putting School Resource Officers in our schools to adding an elderly protection officer and implementing the ‘How are You’ program to check on our seniors, we’ve been able to offer the services that help make Lincoln Parish a safe environment to live, work and raise families.”

In a 1/27/12 press release asking voters to approve a 1/4 cent sales tax increase, Stone said this:

“When we took office eight years ago, we promised several things,” Stone said. “More patrol and visibility on the street, adding an additional investigator, strengthening our drug interdiction (LPNET) and elderly protection (TRIAD) programs, putting an SRO officer in every school, improving litter abatement and animal control, and adding special patrol deputies (SCAT and CAP).”

“We feel we’ve delivered on our promises and have been good stewards of the public’s money, and we ask for your trust that we will continue to do so.”

It is clear that Stone has claimed ownership of the School Resource Officer program ever since he’s been in office. Nothing has ever been said by the Sheriff’s Office that indicates the school district should pay for the program.

But at last week’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board, District Superintendent Mike Milstead said that only half the district’s schools had SROs assigned to them, and that the additional officers would have to be paid for by a new property tax.

Said Milstead, “One of the main components, and the original main thrust of this was for the safety of our children. Every one of our schools should have a School Resource Officer. Right now, thanks to the generosity of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department and a grant they have, seven of the schools have full-time School Resource Officers. But that means seven do not. We as a district need to everything we can to make it possible for our kids to have a safe learning environment.”

Clearly, Milstead is claiming that the primary need for new taxes is based on the safety of schoolchildren.

So which is it?

Do all Lincoln Parish Schools have SROs, or not? Or has Stone not fulfilled his promises to protect “all parish schools from Elementary to High School?”

And, if the cost of the SRO program must now be borne by the school district, when did that shift occur? Stone indicated in 2012 that part of the reason for a new tax was to help pay for the SRO program.

Or is the children safety issue being used to frighten taxpayers into supporting another tax increase, while most of the money goes elsewhere?

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15 Responses to “Someone’s Not Being Truthful about Lincoln Parish School Resource Officers”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Ropo dope by somebody.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Some schools have a sro and some have an sro that rotates btw them. Also cedar creek has an sro, who is paying this bill?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    All smoke and mirrors to have money to pay for the enhanced school calendar building projects.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    All organizations are managed for the benefit of the managers. All.

    “The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of the enemies of the stated purpose of that bureaucracy.” — Robert Conquest, rephrased by John Moore

  5. Mr. E Says:

    Nothing in Lincoln Parish will change until the citizens get fed up and storm the courthouse with pitchforks and torches like it was a Frankenstein movie with the villagers looking for the doctor’s head for unleashing the monster on them.

    School Resource Officers? Are you kidding? The nanny state has gotten totally out of control when it reaches its tentacles all the way down to sleepy Lincoln Parish. Our local law enforcement has adopted the paramilitary garb and totalitarian attitude of jackbooted thugs who are more interested in intimidation than in protecting and serving. The few good police officers left are outnumbered by childish thugs acting out their paramilitary fantasies of exercising control over others to make up for childhood bullying they experienced. They are laughable all dressed up in their black uniforms as if Lincoln a Parish were on the front lines in some war.

    Mike Stone has lost his mind jumping on the school shooting fear to expand his law enforcement empire and justify his new palace. I’ll th school resource officers act any better than the useless ones in Florida who cowered in fear during the Parkland massacre, or are they just playing cop and hoping for the best? Most of the kids raise around here could take care of themselves in the event some kid was dumb enough to try something. Stone is pretending that Lincoln Parish is in the same league as these urban areas and pushing the liberal fiction that we’re all helpless and dependent on law enforcement for our protection.

    All of this smacks of cheesiness and should b an embarrassment to Stone and Lincoln Parish!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    The last paragraph is the absolute truth in article. I know a lot of people that are gonna vote no.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Leaders of the City and Parish governments should take a good look in the mirror and ask yourselves where did we go wrong? Is it power/dollars/stars in your crown that you want or is it the real needs of our families?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    And not the “wants” of so called leadership.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    “We know what’s best for you, though you don’t have the capacity to understand it.”

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Hogwash! At the expense of taxpayers.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Same ole situation. Always needing more money and using scare tactics to get it.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    It’s a mugging by progressives masquerading as conservatives. We have seen this happen countless times across America over the last two centuries and we’ll continue to see it happen again. Our only recourse is vigilance and free speech. Spot it and call it out when it happens.

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