The FOP wants the agreement that been in place for years to be restored--that officers be paid at a four minimum.
The discussion continues about paid security at school events.
Last year Frederick County Schools said any police officer working an off-duty security school assignment will be paid at a two hour minimum instead of a four hour minimum. Charlie Snyder, President of the Frederick City Police FOP Lodge #91, said he met with school officials and expressed his concerns about the change.
"The FOP is going to fullfill at least the fall athletic events but the fact that it is a two hour minimum doesn't make it an assignment that is lucrative for my people to sign up for when it comes to off-duty work when they can work other events and get a four hour minimum for a lot more money than $30 an hour that the school board is offering," Synder said.
Snyder said this change may cause fewer officers to sign up to work at school events and because of that, the safety of spectators could be at risk. The FOP wants the agreement that been in place for years to be restored--that officers be paid at a four minimum.
Michael Door, Spokesman for Frederick County Public Schools, explained why the change happened.
"Our schools in the last year have asked for more flexibility to arrange security for events on an out needed basis so to arrange security for the hours that they actually have events running. So, as I understand it previously, security was paid for a minimum of four hours and schools asked for the flexibility so if they have hours running under four hours, actually pay less, so they aren't paying for security they're not getting," Door said.
Door said so far this year, every school event has had enough police officers providing security and no complaints or problems have been reported.