Albion school and village finalizing contract for resource officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 December 2018 at 1:17 pm

ALBION – The Board of Education and the Village of Albion are working on the contract for a school resource officer who is expected to start in early 2019 at the school district.

The officer would be a member of the Albion Police Department and would work full-time at the district during the school year. The officer would be available during the summer for road patrols and other duties outside the school district.

The Board of Education on Monday approved paying $81,250 annually towards the officer. That will be pro-rated depending on the start date this school year.

The Board of Education and Village Board need to sign an agreement and then the position can be posted. An interview committee will include representatives from the school – administrators and teachers – and the Albion police command staff.

The Board of Education was unanimous in giving the village a commitment of $81,250 towards the officer. That vote will now allow the Police Department to begin the search process.

“I look forward to a positive working relationship,” said Margy Brown, the Board of Education president. “It’s good for the district.”

Albion was the first school in Orleans County to have an school resource officer about 15 years ago.

“Great benefits were seen during the program and it was lost due to funding,” Police Chief Roland Nenni said today. “To have the program back will mean that the partnership and all the benefits that came with it will be once again be achieved.”

Nenni doesn’t have a solid start date for the school resource officer.

“It will all depend on the signing of the agreement and scheduling of the interviews,” he said.

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