Field adding second school officer

School board and trustees to fund salary

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

The Field Local School District will be adding a second School Resource Officer to the district.

The Board of Education voted Monday to contribute $20,000 towards the salary and benefits of a police officer, matching the $20,000 already contributed by Brimfield and Suffield trustees.

Superintendent Beth Coleman said the officer, who is expected to start by the end of the month, will work in all five buildings in the district, including Suffield. The officer will come from the Brimfield Police Department, which already has dedicated an officer to serve at the school buildings, and will serve in Suffield through a mutual aid agreement.

"Studies have shown that one of the best ways to deter school shootings is by having armed police officers in the schools," Coleman said.

The district has had one officer in its buildings for about four years, Coleman said. The officers, who work on a rotating basis to keep the students guessing, have a good relationship with the students, assisting staff with counseling, enforcing truancy and breaking up the occasional fight, she said.

"We have a lot of problems with cyber bullying that the officers help us monitor," she said.

On the Brimfield Police Department's Facebook Page, Chief David Oliver called the partnership "a testimony to all three boards being aware of the safety of the children of the school district."

"Most residents and parents who send their children to the schools will be very thankful to have an additional police officer in the schools," Oliver stated. "The students will love it, we know already."

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