Many positions were not filled due to a lack of interest from police that is directly related to the change in minimum pay.
If you attend a Frederick County school event in the near future, you may notice there aren't as many deputies providing security as in years past. Jim Harris, president of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office FOP Lodge 102, said fewer deputies are working them.
"Prior to the 2011-2012 school year, the minimum pay for any school assignment was four hours of pay at $30 an hour. Last year, the Frederick County Public Schools reduced that minimum to two hours at the same rate of pay without any concession for the fact that these are voluntary assignments worked during an officer's off duty time occurring at locations all throughout the county," Harris said.
Harris said because of that change many of the posted extra duty assignments during the 2011-2012 school year were not filled due to a lack of interest from police that is directly related to the change in minimum pay. Harris added this lack of interest is continuing into the new school year.
"When we have unfilled positions that are left unfilled because deputies are not willing to sign up for positons for whatever reason, the deputies that do work those positions are compromised. So level of security of each event is going to be inadequate for students and spectators who attend," Harris said.
Officers from Frederick City and Brunswick also provide security at school events. the FOP wants Frederick County Schools to restore the agreement that had been in place for years, that deputies working extra duty assignments for the school system be paid at a 4-hour minimum, not a two hour minimum.