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VOORHEESVILLE—The Albany County Sheriff’s Department has made a proposal to the Voorheesville Central School District to have a School Resource Office in the district for the 2018-19 school year.
An SRO is a law enforcement officer responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools. SROs are typically employed by a local police or sheriff’s department and work with administrators to create a safer environment for students and staff. SROs have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service and document incidents. They are also typically expected to act as counselors and mentor students, as well as provide education on youth-related issues.
There will be a community forum to present and discuss the proposal on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school/middle school campus at 432 New Salem Road in Voorheesville.
Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department will present the SRO proposal and VCSD Superintendent Brian Hunt will facilitate discussion with the community. All parents, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend to discuss and ask questions.
The VCSD Board of Education will consider the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday, July 11.