CHESTERFIELD, Mo (KMOV.com) – Chesterfield Police Department will expand its current School Resource Officer program to include all Chesterfield schools, both public and private at the elementary level through high school.
Currently, the Chesterfield Police Department has School Resource officers assigned to each of the two high schools and two middle schools within the City of Chesterfield.
Those four officers will remain full time in their respective schools. Under the new program an officer will be re-assigned to provide additional security at all elementary schools and the one private high school located within the Chesterfield community.
The move comes in response to communications between the Chief of Police and the school superintendents and administrators of the area districts. In a recent meeting on safe schools, Chief Johnson stated “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. In spite of the recent school tragedy’s 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.”
This new initiative is supported by the Rockwood and Parkway School Districts, as well as the several private and parochial schools that will benefit by having a police officer present during their school day.