CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Officials in western Maryland are proposing using five off-duty state troopers to provide school security.

The proposal in Allegany County would cost about $300,000 per year.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the plan was presented by Robert Farrell, the county school board’s coordinator of safety, security and risk management.

Board member Mike Llewellyn said it could be a “pilot program” for the state.

The troopers would not be in uniform but could use their cruisers under the plan, which also seeks the addition of a sixth retired trooper to teach drug abuse classes.

The proposal would have to be voted on when the county adopts its fiscal year budget by June.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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