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School, police may hook up

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Discussions have begun to possibly place a Platte City Police Department officer at the Platte County R-3 High School as a school resource officer.

On Tuesday, the Platte City Public Safety Committee began discussing the idea.

According to Richard Sayles, police chief, the city was contacted about getting a person at the school by the school district.

Currently the school has a hired security guard who also happens to work as a reserve officer for the police department. Platte City officers still must respond to the school for any incidents.

According to Sayles, the security guard is going to be moving back to West Virginia at the end of the school year.

Sayles said the police department previously had a resource officer at the high school several years ago. The officer's salary was funded through a grant; however information on the 2009 grant has not been made available yet.

Aaron Jung, alderman, asked what the advantage would be for the city to have the officer.

Sayles responded that the advantage is the department has to respond to the school anyway, and it would decrease the amount of time other officers would need to be working at the school.

“It is better for us if we have one of our people there, it makes our life easier,” said Sayles. “In the past what happened is (the officer) is full time and when school is not in session then he is with us as an officer.”

Sayles said the department has to respond to the school several times a week because of incidents or to investigate previous incidents.



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