WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren City School District announced Tuesday that it is adding more school resource officers.
In a partnership with Warren police, the district will now have four officers placed at each of the district’s four Pre-K to 8th grade buildings and two officers at Warren G. Harding High School.
The move went into effect on Monday.
Sgt. Geoff Fusco is one of two school resource officers who walk the halls of Harding High School every day. His first priority is to keep students safe.
“We check the hallways, we check the doors, and once in a while we pop into a classroom just to see how things are going” Fusco said.
Fusco said having an officer in each building every day allows the students and faculty to form a bond with the officer.
“With the different resource officers, they get used to working with that principal, the students see that person there all day instead of hit and miss. They get to know the kids better,” Fusco said.
The district has a $285,000 dollar contract with the city to cover the cost of five officers. Superintendent Steve Chiaro says he believes the cost of the sixth officer will be pro-rated, since they’re already more than halfway through the school year. He also hopes they’ll be able to have even more resource officers in the future.
“We’re not done yet. Having six officers still doesn’t put us at the staffing levels we wish. We would like to have a seventh and eighth officer available to the district,” Chiaro said.