CV Approves Plan for School Resource Officers

School resource officers will begin working at Chartiers Valley's three school campuses on Feb. 1.

The Chartiers Valley School Board has agreed to security contracts with Scott and Collier townships, meaning a school resource officer will be patrolling the three campuses beginning Feb. 1.

Both townships also approved the agreements with the school district after numerous meetings and discussions over the past month.

The program will put one school resource police officer provided by Scott Township at the intermediate school and two officers provided by Collier Township splitting duties between the middle/high school and primary school campuses. The school district will fund the two-year program before all sides re-evaluate it again in December 2014.

“I think the best part is that the school district and municipalities are working well together and all are onboard,” Chartiers Valley Superintendent Brian White Jr. said. “And that’s very good for everyone involved.”

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The school board unanimously approved the agreement during its Tuesday night voting meeting. The Scott Township commissioners also approved it during their Tuesday night meeting, while Collier Township officials agreed to the contract last week.

“I think it’s a good mix,” Scott Township Board President Tom Castello said. “He will not be a disciplinarian sitting in the school monitoring criminal activity. There is a whole program.”

The school resource officers will be implementing various education programs for the students and provide feedback to the school district about building security. They will be under the direction of the police chiefs and will be able to work neighborhood patrols during summer vacation and school in-service days.

Scott Township hired Edward Povirk as their school resource officer for the intermediate school. He spent 21 years with the Scott Township Police Department–including 10 years as the D.A.R.E officer–before retiring in 2005.

“He’s a really good fit for this position,” Scott Commissioner David Jason said.

Scott police Chief Jim Secreet said he will need to be recertified and will likely begin working at the intermediate school in mid-February. Until then, another police officer in the department will begin the detail on Feb. 1.

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LLoyd Carr January 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM
what a joke
Guest January 23, 2013 at 06:11 PM
How is this a joke Llyod? Children safety is a joke?
Mike Jones January 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Chartiers Valley has posted a letter from Superintendent Brian White on its website with more information about the school resource officers. Click on this link and look under the news section of the main page... http://www.cvsd.net/pages/Chartiers_Valley_SD
same old story January 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Mike Jones January 25, 2013 at 07:33 PM
There seems to be some questions about whether the SROs will be armed. YES... These are fully functioning police officers under the direction of the Collier Township and Scott Township police departments. And as the story clearly states, they will be able to perform normal police work when school is not in session.


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