Increased officer presence at elementary level
The New Brighton City Council unanimously approved an agreement on Feb. 12 between the city and the Mounds View School District for school resource officers (SRO).
In a report from Police Division Deputy Director Tony Paetznick, the agreement provides SRO services at Irondale High School, Highview Middle School, Bel Air Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Pike Lake Education Center, and the Early Childhood Education Center for the 2012-13 school year. Each facility is located in New Brighton.
According to Paetnick, the city of New Brighton will be reimbursed 100 percent of the personnel and program costs for the SROs for the 2012-13 school year, which includes the second semester addition of a third officer as a temporary assignment at the elementary level. The estimated revenue in 2013 is approximately $181,000.
According to the agreement, New Brighton has been providing on-site SROs at Irondale and Highview Middle School, and District 621 believes that the services provided by a SRO at the elementary level will be of great benefit.
The agreement for three full-time SROs includes Officer Tom Griffin at Irondale; Officer Kim Boyd at Highview; and Officer Ben DeBoer at Bel Air Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Pike Lake Education Center and the Early Childhood Education Center.
During a School Board meeting earlier this year, Supt. Dan Hoverman said the school district is very fortunate to have an established, great working relationship with the New Brighton Department of Public Safety, the Mounds View Police Department and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.
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