COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Hallsville school resource officer is going to be reassigned beginning next semester.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department recently told all Boone County school districts that School Resource Officers will be reassigned to other departmental duties outside the schools.
Hallsville's Kari Yeagy said, "Officer Burkholder, our Hallsville SRO, has been an incredible resource and asset for our students, staff, and schools over the past five and a half years. He embraced the role of SRO as a means to foster positive relationships between youth and local law enforcement and has truly become an important part of the Hallsville family."
To meet the need for a school resource officer in Hallsville, the Hallsville Police Department proposed to the city of sharing in 50-percent of the expense for an SRO.
Hallsville Police Chief Bryan Schultz wrote to the city saying,
It is my belief that having an SRO from the Hallsville Police Department will greatly enhance communication between HPD and the school. It will provide additional security at the school for after-hours events, as well as additional faster resources for the school during emergencies.Hallsville Police Chief Bryan Schultz
Chief Schultz also said the city of Hallsville would need to cover the cost of:
- advertise and hire for the specific position of an SRO;
- completely outfitted with uniforms, safety vests, all equipment, and a patrol vehicle;
- The new officer would be sent to School Resource Officer basic training, conferences and yearly advanced training;
- and also attend DARE training.