Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Galloway Police to Hire Two School Resource Officers for Galloway Schools

The Galloway Township Police Department is in the process of finalizing a shared service with our Public Schools.  We are looking to hire two (2) Class II Officers to be assigned at the Middle and Elementary Schools.  The hours, exact assignments, etc are to be determined and for security purposes probably will not be released.  The school(s) will be funding the positions in full.

“The School Resource Officer Program” (SRO) has always been a very valuable program. I was sorry to see the program leave the Township during financial struggles which affected the budget but the officers had to be re-deployed to maintain safety within the Township.  

As the Chief of Police, I am very proud to say that our school administrators’ work very closely with the Police Department and we equally agree that a Sworn Police Officer will exercise legal authority, be more effective, and will be the best choice for the schools.  

The Officers’ that are placed within the schools will be under the direction of the Police Department and assigned to perform the task(s) that the school administration requires to provide safety and additional resources for the students, staff and the community. 
The School Resource Officers’ will maintain the same certifications as patrol officers to include in-service requirements, legal updates, search and seizure, defensive tactics and firearms training as required by law and Police Department policy. 

Special Class II Officers will be more cost efficient because they are part time employees. The Police Department will focus on hiring retired police officers preferably with experience in school related assignments to ensure the optimal efficiency and effectiveness of the program.

The Police Department would like to fill the positions prior to the beginning of the school year of school in September. 

Resumes will be accepted with a deadline of August 1, 2014 and can be mailed or dropped off in person at the Police Department during business hours at 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Galloway Twp, NJ 08205.  Attn: Chief of Police Patrick Moran.  


Anonymous said...

"The Police Department will focus on hiring retired police officers".....we call this the Double Diparooni. Cost efficient..?..right.

Dan Carew said...

"Anonymous" - NEW Class II officers must obtain certain certifications that take almost as long as full-certified police officers. A recently retired police officer already exceeds that well as having a career's worth of experience.

Hiring a recently retired police officer as a class II is NOT in any way, shape or form "double dipping". Class II officers make a small hourly wage...and they do not get a pension or benefits.

It IS more cost efficient to hire a retired police officer for this position. If the position pays a small hourly wage, no pension or benefits.......and Candidate A is a retired police officer with all of the necessary qualifications and 20+ years of experience....and Candidate B has none of those certifications or experiences...and must attend several months of police academy training before they can even be qualified for that job......if they would both make the same can you justify NOT wanting the person who can start immediately?

Methinks you just don't like public employees.

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