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Perrysburg Schools will get first resource officer next year

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School resource officers help districts handle cyber bullying and internet safety, as well. School resource officers help districts handle cyber bullying and internet safety, as well.
PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Perrysburg Schools will have a new face patrolling the halls next year. City council just approved funds for a school resource officer – the first for the district.

School officials are still figuring out the role the officer will play in the district, but they say this is great news and will increase safety for everyone.

The Perrysburg School District was the largest in northwest Ohio without a school resource officer. Superintendent Tom Hosler says having one is invaluable. The officer will help with bullying, crime prevention and guiding students in an ever-changing, sometimes cruel school environment.

"Internet safety, cell phones, threats, all kinds of things in addition to the horrors that we've seen play out across the country with school shootings," Hosler said.

Officials want the officer to hit the ground running. They will coordinate and answer questions about ALICE training in each school and teach staff what to do if an active shooter situation ever occurs.

"Having somebody feet-on-the-ground in the district, be able to respond to those in real time is going to be huge," Hosler said.

Aside from safety, the officer will be a friendly face imbedded in the school community. They will be a person students can trust and lean on with problem at school or at home.

"It allows the students and their families to connect with a law enforcement official that they otherwise might not have that kind of relationship, and I think in this day and age that is so vital," said Hosler.

The school resource officer is a city position, but the district will pay 70 percent of the officer's roughly $75,000 salary. Several parents say they are behind anything the school can do to make their children safer.

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