Merrill Police Weigh in Grant Costs

A $125,000 grant is being offered to the Merrill Police Department. It's one of only two being offered in the state and is available over a three-year time span.

The grant would help cover costs for a new school liaison officer. The officer would patrol the high school, middle school and elementary schools in Merrill.

"The thing that is nice about school resource officers is they build trust with kids," says Neil Strobel, Merrill Police Chief.

The liaison officer would be selected from the department's current staff, and then a new officer would be hired to fill that void. Extra costs with the grant could add up to almost $80,000 by the third year the grant would be in place.

Merrill officials will make the final decision on whether or not to use the money.

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