Nick McWilliams reporting – Driven by the desire for increased school safety, a resource officer will soon be in Dover City Schools.

The decision to add the position comes after numerous meetings between city law enforcement, school administration, city leaders, and others.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe, who was a part of those meetings and sits on the Dover Schools Community Safety Task Force, praised the decision.

“I would request suspension and passage tonight, so that we can get this officer in the schools as close to the first day as possible. The proposed agreement will continue to build upon the strong relationship between the city and Dover City Schools, and it will help promote and encourage a safe learning environment for all Dover students.”

Councilman Joe Sciaretti pointed out that the city is on the books for 30 percent of the total cost to have a resource officer.

Superintendent Karie McCrate spoke before council Monday night, with the district goal of trusting in the training of the newly acquired officer who will help keep the halls safe.

“There’s not one single solution to school violence today with all the issues students are facing in schools. But having a law enforcement professional as part of our Dover Schools team, is a really great resource. Because they’re an expert in something that we’re not.”

Gunnoe says that the city and the district have a possible candidate in mind for the role.

Additionally, the officer will work with staff members to identify areas of improvement, and ways to identify possible threats or shortcomings in safety practices.

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