Three school resource officer positions added for Arundel middle schools

Anne Arundel County officials said Thursday they'll add three new school resource officers to patrol county middle schools beginning with the coming school year. County Executive Laura Neuman and Chief of Police Kevin Davis announced the additions Thursday at Old Mill North Middle School.

Currently, county police have 21 school resource officers deployed in schools: 13 assigned to the county's 12 public high schools, two assigned to the Phoenix Academy, and six assigned to the 19 middle schools. The plan will boost the middle school allocation to nine.

Neuman said that ultimately she hopes to provide funding for a resource officer at every school in the county.

The three resource offices are among 30 new hires to the county police department allocated in the new county budget. The total cost of the 30 officers is about $2 million, officials said.

School resource officers respond to calls for service, patrol school grounds, investigate crimes and maintain partnerships with parents, faculty and community members. Officers are also trained in emergency preparation and violence prevention.

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