Wagoner’s college district and the police office have appear to an settlement to have a police officer stationed at every single school site for included security throughout the 2022-23 faculty year.
The police officers will be off-responsibility, functioning from 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. every single day university is in session, according to Wagoner Deputy Police Main Tony Ponds.
The officers will be paid out $200 for every day by the school district, included with a free breakfast and lunch, Ponds claimed. It is volunteer centered, which signifies more than probable the officers will be doing the job on their “off” days. The SSO, or distinctive stability officer, which has been in spot at WPS for a few years, will remain on duty, as very well.
Ponds’ thinks it will set a great deal of mom and dad and instructors at ease sending their youngsters to college presented the nationwide uptick in violent faculty-connected incidents.
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“The university board and superintendent (Randy Harris) are definitely likely higher than and beyond,” he reported. “I don’t know that numerous faculty districts all-around listed here — primarily are measurement — that has an officer at every single college.”
Wagoner officers will have the possibility to signal up for open up protection places at WPS, Ponds mentioned. He adds that stationing extra safety officers at the schools will not reduce the amount of money of on-obligation officers on their frequent shifts.
“Our normal response time to get to the universities is close to two minutes,” Ponds said. “But below in Wagoner, you under no circumstances fall short to operate across a train or some thing that gets in your way.”
The SSO and added security law enforcement officers will have all of the exact same obligations, Ponds mentioned.
“Our purpose will be to choose care of any prospective threats outside of the college just before it will get on the inside,” he claimed.
The final decision to enact this new stability settlement came right after the July 11 Wagoner Public Schools’ college board meeting.