CHESTERFIELD, MO (KMOX) – Chesterfield Police have announced they will expand their school resource officer program in response to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and “concerns of the Chesterfield School Community.”
Currently, Chesterfield Police have school resource officers assigned to the city’s two high schools and two middle schools, a total of four officers. A “police presence” will be added to all elementary schools, public and private, within city limits and its one private high school.
According to a press release, one officer will be assigned to the task and will not stay in one school but instead “will maintain a highly visible police presence at each school throughout the school week.”
“I feel it is imperative to protect the most precious commodity in our community, our children, and we will do whatever it takes to ensure their safety and security,” Chesterfield Chief of Police Ray Johnson said. “In spite of the recent school tragedy’s [sic] we hear about in the media, our schools remain the safest place for our children; and we will work to maintain a continued safe learning environment for the students and a comfort level for the parents and staff.”
According to Chesterfield Police, the heightened security is supported by officials from Rockwood School District, Parkway School District, and private and parochial schools.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Chesterfield Police Department for their leadership and ongoing support,” Parkway Superintendent Keith Marty said. “The new elementary SRO pilot project sends a strong message that our community is continuing to do everything it can to keep our students and staff safe at school.”