City schools seek funds for additional police officer
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:00 AM
Federal monies are being sought to fund an additional school resource officer in the Philadelphia Public School District, the School Board said last week.
The new officers will provide protection to the city schools in case of an emergency, interim Superintendent of Education Robert Turnage said.
Director of Federal Programs Christy Rowcliff told the board that funds were available through the FY 14 Title VI for Rural and Low-Income Schools for a security salary to hire an fully trained officers through the Philadelphia Police Department.
"It's not a done deal," she said, "but we are securing the funds."
Rowcliff added that the school would like to have two officers to help with the separate campuses.
"We've got a long way to go but we can have it as soon as it is approved by the city," she said.
Turnage said the school previously had a police officer assigned to the campus through the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
"I want a safe and orderly school," Turnage said, "and the federal government has recommended that we have an SRO. It's a great idea that is not required but encouraged."
Board member Ben Peebles said getting an SRO was a great idea and Board President Harold Coburn noted that it was likely to be a state requirement in the coming years.
Turnage added that the officer would work for the school during the semesters and for the city during the summer months.
"I hope we can partner with the city on this," he said.
The motion was unanimously approved.