CV Might Put Police Officers in Schools

The school district is working with police to place “school resource officers” inside the three campuses.

Chartiers Valley School District officials first thing Monday morning met with the police chiefs in Collier and Scott to review school security and how it can be improved.

Superintendent Brian White Jr. spent the morning with Collier police Chief Tom Devin and Scott police Chief Jim Secreet and they discussed the possibility of adding a police officer to the district’s three school campuses.

In a letter to parents Monday, White said they made the formal request to both police departments to have a “school resource officers” at the middle/high school, primary school and intermediate school.

“The school district is making preparations to substantially fund this effort from our existing budget,” White wrote in the letter.

The middle/high school and primary school campuses are in Collier Township and the intermediate school is in Scott Township.

“The school district has had a very strong working relationship with our public safety officials, which has manifested itself in both cooperative planning and joint drills,” White wrote. “We are in the process of planning joint drills, without students, at both of our elementary schools.”

The meeting and security review was prompted by

White’s letter can be read in its entirety below…

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

Today we saw a wide range of emotions in our schools from both students and staff. I would like to thank our student services staff, teachers and principals for their efforts to reassure and comfort our students. I encourage parents to continue to be open to listening to their children.

In addition to attempting to meet the emotional needs of our students, we reviewed our school safety measures and plans – both at the school and district level. I met with Chief Devine, Collier Township (Jurisdiction of the Primary School, Middle School and High School) and Chief Secreet, Scott Township (Jurisdiction of the Intermediate School) to review our school safety protocols and plans.

I would like to thank all of our public safety officials who clearly make the safety of our students and schools a top priority. The school district has had a very strong working relationship with our public safety officials, which has manifested itself in both cooperative planning and joint drills. We are in the process of planning joint drills, without students, at both of our elementary schools.

In the fall of 2010 the school district completed a strategic plan. That strategic plan has a number of action plans related to school safety. Some of the initiatives are very visible, such as the Olweus Anti-Bullying program, while other efforts have been much more discreet.

One of our more discreet efforts has been to place a School Resource Officer at our Middle School/High School. The National Association of School Resource Officers defines a School Resource Officer as Officers [who] promote a better understanding of our laws, why they were enacted and their benefits. They provide a visible and positive image for law enforcement. They serve as a confidential source of counseling to students concerning problems they face. They bring expertise into schools that will help young people make more positive choices in their lives. They also work to protect the school environment and to maintain an atmosphere where teachers feel safe to teach and students feel safe enough to learn. Since our Middle School/High School is in Collier Township, this position would be filled by a Collier Township Police Officer.

Today we sent a formal request to Collier Township to establish a School Resource Officer program. We have expanded our request to include a second officer be placed at our Primary School. In addition, we have initiated a request with Scott Township to establish a School Resource Officer program at the Intermediate School.

The school district is making preparations to substantially fund this effort from our existing budget. We have explored grants and other resources to no avail. Both Chief Devine and Chief Secreet are very supportive of this initiative.

We appreciate your support as we work to keep our students and our staff safe at school.


Brian White

Superintendent, Chartiers Valley School District

Jennifer R December 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I think this is wonderful! However, what is keeping the kids safe until these "new safety precautions" are put into place. And what will prevent a gunman from walking right into the school? The secretaries? Glass doors? The school should close until they fix these issues~
rose altvater December 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
This would be worth paying higher school taxes for, if needed. What a horrible sign of our times...Bad enough our schools even need security, let alone armed ones. Seems like we are going in the wrong direction, but in these uncertain times, I guess this is the best thing to do...Best of luck to these officers, and many thanks.
Guest December 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I agree! I would willing pay more taxes to ensure my child and the children around her are safe!
same old story December 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
We also have a lively discussion over on the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook about this issue... http://www.facebook.com/ChartiersValleyPatch
Jaun December 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I to think that this is a good idea but, closing the schools until it can go into force seems extreem.
Kathy Lewis December 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I agree with holding the families responsible. Too many times, parents are quick to look the other way, and "pretend" not to know what their children are up to. How sad for the children of today's society that most have "absent" parents, who are quick to hand over a violent video game to act as that child's "babysitter. Children are learning that our society is becoming a disposable one . . . unfortunately to include human life. Life is not a video game to be disposed of, and move onto the next one. Wake up parents, become an active partner in your child's life. They will someday thank you for it (You and they, may not think that now, but they will).
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Here is a story by The Washington Post that discusses the shooter's family. It primarily focuses on his mother, but also touches on his relationship with his brother and father... http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/us/shooters-difficulties-dominated-mothers-life-666799/
same old story December 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM


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