No update (yet) on an additional School Resource Officer for North Salem schools


The Westchester County Police Department contracts with local school districts to provide School Resource Officers under contract during school years. Image courtesy of WCPD

Just before the close of the 2021-2022 school year, the North Salem Central School District Board of Education voted to authorize the superintendent to hire an additional School Resource Officer to serve the district beginning with the upcoming school year. No updates on that decision have been shared with North Salem families yet–the district has not confirmed whether a hire is in process or has been made–but Board of Ed president Andrew Brown said that more information will be coming later this month.

In an email sent to the North Salem Post, Brown declined to disclose the status of the matter, saying that specifics around the hiring of an SRO involved “security, contracts and personnel, three things that are not open for public discussion.”

However, Brown said that he expects the district to make an announcement regarding its security plans at the August 24 Board of Education meeting.

The Westchester County Police Department provides nine SROs under contract to several school districts in northern Westchester, including Somers, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland and North Salem. Districts pay the cost of the officer(s) they contracted for during the months of the school year. The officers are assigned back to patrol during the summer months.

“SROs are one level in an overall security plan for any school or district,” Kieran O’Leary, director of public information for the Westchester County Police Department, said previously. “Other critical elements of security include security staff, technology including cameras inside and outside of schools, physical security elements such as doors that are always locked, shatter-proof glass, controlled entry of visitors, etc. Our SROs work in conjunction with each Board of Education, superintendent, administrators and staff to address security matters and issues of concern.”

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