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Police Request Officer for City Hill Middle School

The Naugatuck Police Department's budget request includes a school resource officer; department says it's in response to the Newtown shooting.

 

The Naugatuck Police Department wants to put an armed officer in City Hill Middle School next year.

The department made the announcement Monday to the Board of Finance when it presented its 2013-14 fiscal year budget proposal, which calls for two new officers, allowing for a school resource officer, or SRO, at the borough’s lone middle school for seventh-and-eighth-grade students.

“Certainly, we as a police department have a measured response to the tragedy in Newtown,” Police Chief Christopher Edson said. “We have implemented a plan that gives us sustainable coverage in the elementary schools, and we believe the middle school could really benefit from an SRO. …If we can get these kids a little earlier than high school, I believe we can solve some of the problems.”

Borough officials said Monday that the middle school currently has between 750 and 800 students, which police officers say make it the second highest populated building in Naugatuck during the work week behind the high school, which has an SRO and several security guards. The middle school has security guards, and the SRO would add an additional level of security and would be able to intervene when issues rise to a criminal level.

While officials presented no hard facts such as the number of incidents at the middle school, parents have complained for years about a select few who cause problems in the school.

Deputy Mayor Tamath K. Rossi, who works with the juvenile review board that oversees juvenile crime offenses, said there has been a spike in the number of cases in recent months. “Most of them are coming from City Hill,” she said.

Police Captain Todd Brouillette said City Hill Principal Brian Hendrickson, who was not at Monday’s police budget hearing, is behind the idea 100 percent.

“He absolutely believes there is a need for it,” Brouillette said.

The police department has also assigned officers to each of the elementary schools. They stop into the schools on a regular basis as part of their patrol. And police are in the midst of studying other security measures they can implement collectively in response to the Newtown shooting.

The police department’s budget request calls for an increase of $585,961, bringing it to $6.65 million. There will be several discussions amongst borough officials before a budget is set.

Anna P. February 26, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Many Towns have had SROs in their schools long before the Newtown incident. If we are going to hire another full time cop, let's have one to run youth programs like DARE in the school, and be a good role model for the kids. What we DON"T want is just another security guy in a cops uniform, waithing for things to happen.
just sayin... February 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Really? An armed police officer? Whats next? National Guard tanks sitting at the parking lot entrance? Maybe the police officers should try building a raptor of trust and respect with the children of our town before we go placing them on patrol in the schools with guns. Last summer as I sat in the parking lot of cumberland farms store there were a bunch of children,maybe 10 or so,sitting on their bikes outside the store drinking sodas. All of a sudden a police officer pulls in, rolls his window down and says to the children, "alright break it up, get movin on before I arrest you all for loitering." I was shocked! Here these kids were minding their own business and this officer takes the time out of his day to pull in and threaten our children with arrest! I got out of my car and said to him, "and just what are these kids doing wrong officer? wouldn't it have been a better to maybe just talk with these children?" He ignores me and drives off. To this day I kick myself for not getting his name but I was shocked and you just don't think in that situation.I don't have all the answers or claim to know what to do,and believe our children's safety is of utmost importance,but maybe we need to start with the way we treat people instead of putting guns in schools.
ann February 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM
agreed talk to them like human beings but they have authority and they abuse it I dont care what anyone says the abuse it...I have witnessed it myself as well with the kids .they need to stop acting like their "shit "dont stink and stop abusing there power
chuck February 27, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Dear God in heaven. Can you put together a sentence with proper grammar, spelling, caps and punctuation? Go back and look at what you have written. I mean, really?

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