The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is in discussions with the New London Community School District over the possibility of a School Resource Officer being hired for the schools. This officer would be part-time for the 2023/2024 school year, with the role of 20 hours a week. The plan is for the officer to then become full time for the 24/25 school year, and every year after that.
The hours logged at the school would be paid for by the school district. After visiting other school districts that currently have an SRO in place, superintendent of the New London Community School District Chad Wahls, believes that this officer would help with many issues. They could even train staff and help set up and facilitate programs, such as D.A.R.E.
There will be more discussion and plenty of paperwork, as everyone will need to agree. KILJ will continue to update as they have more information on this.