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Legislators Approve School Officers In North Salem And Somers

The North Salem and Somers School Districts will be getting school resource officers provided by the county police.
The North Salem and Somers School Districts will be getting school resource officers provided by the county police. Photo Credit: File

SOMERS, N.Y.-- The Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously on Tuesday to have the county provide uniformed police officers to serve as school resource officers in both the North Salem and Somers Central School Districts.

North Salem will receive one officer and Somers will receive two.

The school districts will pay the county a total of $117,043 for the school-year services of each officer, whose duties include maintaining a safe campus environment, investigating allegations of criminal incidents, working to prevent juvenile delinquency, working to develop classes in safety issues such as drug and crime prevention, while also addressing problems with gangs and drug activities around the schools.

“It is critical that we make our children safe at school, and providing our fine county police officers on a reimbursable basis to guard Somers public school students is a most appropriate public safety investment,” Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers), said.

Lakeland Central School District in Yorktown is the only other district in the county currently using a resource officer provided by the county police.

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