Poland schools will have a police officer in buildings

Poland schools will have a police officer in buildings


The board of education agreed Monday to allow a Poland Township police officer in all school buildings and to spend up to $80,000 in security upgrades district-wide.

Poland Trustees Mark Naples, Robert Lidle Jr. and Eric Ungaro offered a full-time police officer to be dedicated to school security. Currently, an officer makes periodic checks of the high school.

“Everybody is in agreement and has the understanding that every school district has a million and one security issues going on and they all cost money. We’re trying to make it as feasible as possible. We will give you a full-time officer from now until the end of the school year,” Ungaro said.

Police Chief Brian Goodin said the department’s schedule will be rearranged for an officer to begin working in the schools next week.

Township officers do have police powers in Poland Village, where four of the district’s schools are, and school and township officials said they will work with village officials, too. The trustees also pledged to apply for grants to fund a school-resource officer.

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