POLICE IN AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Officers represent the Akron Police Department and the law enforcement profession to students and staff in a positive manner to promote mutual respect. He/she serves as a resource to students who may be interested in entering the law enforcement profession. Officers assist in establishing and maintaining the security of the physical plant. They also assist in the prevention and investigation of criminal activities in areas under school jurisdiction. The officer also reports to and carries out any other responsibilities as assigned by the building principal for daily assignment and to his/her commanding officer with the Akron Police Department.
2. When was the program created and why?
A pilot program began August 6, 1991 in three schools. It was started as a response to requests from teachers to provide safe working conditions in the schools.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
The program has been very effective, expanding in 1993 to all eight high schools, nine middle schools and continues to present. Feedback from teachers, students and administrators are used to evaluate the program.
4. How is the program financed?
Funding for the program was paid by the Akron Board of Education through the general fund.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all. How has the community responded to the program?
Community response at first: "Is it that bad in the schools that they need a police officer?" Now the community has accepted the officers working in the schools, realizing their vital role in the security of the school as well as being a valuable resource for both the staff and the students.
6. Contact person:
Akron Police Department, Sgt. George Witeoff , 217 S. High St. Akron, Ohio 44308 TX- 375-2900 / Fax 375-2107.
Board of Education Contact Kevin Shirey, 70 N. Broadway Akron, Ohio 44308, TX- 761-2819 / Fax 761-3224.
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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