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Greene Co. expanding its SRO program

Aug 13, 2020 1:45 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hunter-Tannersville School District has approved an agreement with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to put a police officer in the school. The Greene County Legislature authorized the county's first four school resource officers in 2018, assigning two to Cairo-Durham, one to Greenville and one to Windham-Ashland-Jewett. The agreement with Hunter-Tannersville is effective September 1, and will run through the end of the school year. The district will pay just under $62,000 to the county for the service. “We are happy to announce that our SRO program is expanding this year as we are adding one SRO for the Hunter-Tannersville School District bringing our total to five,” said Sheriff Peter Kusminsky on August 12. “This will mean that all school districts in Greene County will [now] have either an SRO or armed security on school grounds.” Hunter-Tannersville District Superintendent Nate Jones said the decision was prompted in part by an increase in school violence on a national level. “Obviously, the safety concerns nationally were a big precursor to saying we need to start tidying things up at our buildings,” Jones said. In touting the program, Kusminsky said, it establishes a working relationship between police and school districts. “The school resource officer is a valuable link between the school community and law enforcement,” he said. The Hunter-Tannersville contract will be voted on by the full legislature August 19. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.