Plymouth Considers School Resource Officer for District

Plymouth is considering bringing a school resource officer back to the school district and a meeting was held Tuesday night to discuss the possibility.

The school resource officer position was eliminated two years ago due to budget cuts. Parents have been asking for the post to be restored and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida has brought the issue to the forefront again and the school district is giving the request serious consideration.

Parents of students in the Plymouth Public Schools District met with the mayor Tuesday to talk about bringing the safety officer back.

Martin Semmel, the superintendent of schools, said the plan under consideration would provide one resource officer for the district, which serves around 1,600 students. That officer would be based at Terryville High School and do work at other districts in the school as well.

Semmel said he supports the idea of bringing the position back and called the officers valuable, not only to respond to emergencies but also to provide support on campus.

Whether the district brings back a school resource officer will depend on budget.

The police department will present its budget proposal to the board of finance this week. In mid-April, the board will make recommendations about what goes in next year’s budget and the final budget will be set by early May.

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