Massena May Be Getting A School Resource Officer

The Massena Central School District is the latest to discuss putting a police officer in their schools. Karen Johnson has details.

The idea was seriously discussed at a recent school board meeting in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 14 students and three staff members dead. At the meeting Superintendent Pat Brady says they are in “preliminary” talks with the Massena Police Department to provide what is being called a “school resource officer.” Brady says “We’re really at the preliminary stage of this. We had a conversation, a meeting with Chief (Adam) Love and Lt. (Jason) Olson at the Massena PD just to get the conversation going. It’s a developing concept given our heightened state of concern with school safety.” Brady says they’re waiting to see if the state passes a bill to fund police officers assigned to school districts throughout the state. He says the Senate is working on potential funding and other support for school resource officers. Once we look at all the available information as this unfolds and options, we’ll make a decision. The addition of a school resource officer isn’t new to Massena. The district hired an officer from 2002 to 2007 who patrolled the high school and J.W. Leary Junior High. I’m Karen Johnson.