Durham Regional Police, in partnership with the Durham Catholic District School Board and the Durham District School Board, announced a new pilot project that will allow for more police support in two communities.
For many years, schools in Durham Region have benefited from a positive relationship with their School Liaison Officer. This officer is assigned to a number of schools in one area and provides police support when required.
The new pilot project enhances this access by adding an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) concentrating on four schools. The SRO will support a fewer number of schools with the intent to focus more time in those school communities developing relationships with students, staff and parents, supporting educators and delivering both formal and informal crime prevention programs. The SRO will be a member of each school's "Safe Schools" team.
Representatives from DRPS and the Durham District and Catholic School Boards were on hand for the announcement Thursday that took place at J Clarke Richardson Collegiate and Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ajax.
This program will run for the entire 2015-2016 school year and evaluated to determine the viability of continuing or expanding the program to other areas of the Region.
Cst. Peden will be the School Resource Officer for the following schools in Ajax: J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate; Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School; Romeo Dallaire Public School; and Mother Teresa Catholic School.
Cst. Cowan will be the School Resource Officer for the following Oshawa schools: Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School; GL Roberts Collegiate and Vocational Institute; Glen Street Public School; and Monsignor Philip Coffey Catholic School.
For more information, contact the Regional Youth Coordinator, Sgt. Latour, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5626.
School Resource Officers (JPG file, 383.5K bytes)
Constables Peden and Cowan chat with students (JPG file, 217.5K bytes)