Council Discusses Need For School Resource Officer
Published: December 13th, 2021
By: Sarah Genter

Council discusses need for school resource officer An agreement between the city and the school district is in the works to provide the Norwich Middle and High Schools with a school resource officer (SRO). Pictured is former NPD Officer Ryan Legacy, Sergeant Matthew Roberts, Chief Rodney Marsh, and Officer Tyler Dexheimer. (Photo by Sarah Genter)

NORWICH — During the joint committees meeting on Tuesday, December 7, City of Norwich Police Department Chief Rodney Marsh informed council members of the need for a school resource officer (SRO) at the Norwich High and Middle Schools.

"A couple weeks ago the Superintendent of Norwich Schools reached out to me and said he was considering a school resource officer," said Marsh. "He asked if we could maybe do something like a hybrid in the meantime, until he really decides whether he really wants to have it, a full-time school resource officer."

Marsh explained that Superintendent Scott Ryan floated the idea for the schools to have a temporary, part-time officer, or a school safety officer, who would come to the schools for two and a half hours a day, Monday through Friday.

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"He brought up an idea of a school safety officer that would be at the school for about two and a half hours a day, Monday through Friday. And I thought maybe that's something that I could make work with our current staffing level," said Marsh. "This officer, if we were able to do it, would be pulled from a shift, it would be certainly on day shift, and those two and a half hours would go to the school every day. And the rest of the time he would be on patrol."


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