Refresher on School Resource Officers

In December, 2018, there was a push by the Lincoln Parish School Board to increase property taxes to fund “school resource officers.” We did some research on the subject and posted the following report:

Someone’s Not Being Truthful about Lincoln Parish School Resource Officers
12/14/18

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?

36 Responses to “Refresher on School Resource Officers”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Grabbing popcorn for the show

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Mike Stone will lie when he believes he has to!
    It really doesn’t matter any more what he said at the time because he is no longer the sheriff of Lincoln Parish.
    The school resource deputy falls in Sheriff Williams hands now.
    This has turned into a nightmare for all involved and former sheriff Stone created the problem.
    I will be voting no for the tax increase.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Amen

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Vote no to any new or renewal tax. Taxed to much already.

  5. Caleb Daniel Says:

    I believe the mixed signals from these offices at the time boiled down to a difference in how they defined “an officer in every school.” Each school had an SRO presence… a few days a week. It was not a 1-to-1 ratio, with 6-7 officers rotating among all the schools. So Stone could claim they had an officer in each school (sorta), and Milstead could also claim they needed more officers to truly put one in every school full time. It was badly communicated.
    Now, Sheriff Williams has increased it so that there’s an actual, full-time SRO presence in every school, every day. 13 officers I believe. Which is what Milstead has been saying he wanted. Now it’s a matter of who’s going to pay for the officer increase long term, which is where the tax vote tomorrow comes in. Though the officer funding certainly isn’t the “main thrust” of this current proposition numbers wise, even if they want to list it first.

    • Heisenberg Says:

      Caleb, this platform isn’t for folks wanting to hear reasonable debate, nor is it for folks who want to hear common sense. They fall lock step with Walt no matter what he says. You need to stay over at the ruston leader and quit giving this platform credibility

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Heisenberg, u big dummy u got Ruston in a bind an money is short now u want to shoot poor old Walt. If u don’t like LPNOL stay off.

    • Heisenberg Says:

      We reckon we have to say one thing about ole Walt up there in Lincoln parish, he ain’t scared to let us have our say on this platform. That said, ain’t no one here out to “shoot poor Walt”. We’re just lookin our for Calebs career in journalisiming…..

      • Caleb Daniel Says:

        People need to be informed, doesn’t matter where. Sure I’d rather they get info at the RDL, but if they’re here, I’ll throw in what I know on important things like this. The career will be fine.

        • Heisenberg Says:

          Good luck hitchin your wagon up to Walt’s propaganda. We tried to warn you

        • Anonymous Says:

          Ignore this person who has co-opted the name of a brilliant physicist in the hopes of hiding his own ignorance. All while positing opinions that have no basis in reality. I value your input and enjoy your RDL work.

        • Brad LeBlanc Says:

          Heisenberg – As far as I can tell Caleb has only added to the conversation and actually promoted the RDL. As a subscriber to the RDL, I didn’t know they recored videos of meetings until he posted it here. I read the RDL daily, while looking at this site about once a week and my wife reads Ruston Rants. Why wouldn’t he post where he can promote his work. I don’t know Walt nor always agree, but I think he adds to the conversation. Why don’t you post your real name, so we can know if that was a real threat to Caleb’s journalistic career or just some yahoo posting using a “Breaking Bad” reference.

          Brad LeBlanc

          • Anonymous Says:

            Lot of people think His name is ronny

          • Heisenberg Says:

            Mr tough guy Leblanc, you call yourself an investment professional, but the word is you made your money on payday loan scams. I’m sure mayor walker has your cell number, but it’s probably because he needs to let the BBB know when you’re out scamming low income folks.

            • Brad LeBlanc Says:

              I’m not ashamed of how I’ve made money. Yes I did own payday lending stores. It’s not a secret – all of Ruston knows. What does that have to do with the issue? Why don’t you put your name online?

      • Anonymous Says:

        Love Walt. He’s not scared to expose the under table crap.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I agree it’s probably more of a fear tactic honestly just like this plandemic we’re in. How about making cuts within the school system that pumps out brainwashing education anyways and reallocating it for SROs if it’s really about safety. Ahh that hurts doesn’t it. Maybe sell the useless sports complex to get some taxpayer money back. Maybe train the responsible teachers to use a firearm.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Useless sports complex. So true. Serving city well now and couldn’t be happier. When pandemic strikes no sports and no sports complex. City will lose money and good luck. Life happens. Cities shouldn’t dive into debt. Nature bites you.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    But it looks good on mayor’s brag list.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    He sure likes to talk big. Guess that makes up for his small character.

  10. Heisenberg Says:

    ACE Cash express…. look it up. But don’t go cashing your paycheck with this clown, you’re looking at 36% interest rate. How bout that mr Leblanc? BBB looking for you…. if you were only BBB accredited…

    • Heisenberg Says:

      Consumer affairs got you pegged Leblanc. It don’t matter if you don’t know who we are , but we sure know who you are.

      • Heisenberg Says:

        Sure glad walker has your number, that way he can let the BBB know where you are when you’re out scamming those fine Ruston folks up there. Still want to associate with these folks Caleb…? You got a grifter mentioning you

  11. Heisenberg Says:

    And “all of Ruston knows that I made my money on the backs of poor folks” is not common knowledge around Ruston. The fact that you say that shows your lack of self awareness. Leave the commentary to the misinformed on this platform and you and your wife enjoy Ruston rants….

  12. Brad LeBlanc Says:

    I have not been involved with that company in over 13 years, so obviosly your comments about consumer affairs is a joke and making up a fake quote is childish, but whatever. Why hide behind a fake name? What do you have to hide?

  13. Anonymous Says:

    As usual Walker shoots the messenger and blames everyone else.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Library property tax renewal is next. Dec. 5. Note how each tax vote was scheduled separately and not with the general election in Nov.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Lincoln parish officials could care less what elections cost. Could have combined with presidential election but they were afraid of the large turnout and defeat. So posted election for a low turnout date. If prop had not included a raise for teachers it wouldn’t have pasted. Much be great to vote yourselves a raise by taking other peoples money.

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