Discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Andover City Council led to a vote that will keep two School Resource Officers for the community.

There had been earlier concerns that tight budgets might reduce the SRO program to one officer at two high schools and two middle schools.

 


Discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Andover City Council led to a vote that will keep two School Resource Officers for the community.
There had been earlier concerns that tight budgets might reduce the SRO program to one officer at two high schools and two middle schools.
City and school officials have worked out an agreement that will have the city paying the traditional 25 percent of salary and benefits for one school officer and 50 percent (around $13,000)?to keep a second one.
Mayor Ben Lawrence indicated this is a one year compromise to insure SRO’s at Andover and Andover Central high schools and associated middle schools.
The mayor feels it is important to have these officers in the schools and community building relationships with youngsters.
Police Chief Mike Keller said part of the cost for the second officer will come from a part-time evidence clerk position in his department.