Starting this fall, two additional police officers have been added to the team of school resource officers working inside Hilliard City Schools.
The increase brings the total number of SROs serving as part of the partnership between the City of Hilliard’s Division of Police and the Hilliard City School District to six officers.
One officer will be assigned at each of the three middle schools and three high schools in the district. In past years, an officer was assigned to each high school and a single officer served all three middle schools.
The building assignments are:
- Hilliard Darby High School: Officer Glenn Rogers
- Hilliard Davidson High School: Officer Sam DiSaia
- Hilliard Bradley High School: Officer Charles Lupi
- Hilliard Heritage Middle School: Officer Josh Barnett
- Hilliard Weaver Middle School: Officer William Okey
- Hilliard Memorial Middle School: Officer Shane O’Connor
School resource officers fulfill multiple roles in addition to preventing and responding to school-based crime, said Chief of Police Eric Grile. Officers provide valuable support to students, teachers and staff through their everyday presence and visibility.
“It’s more than patrolling the hallways — it’s about building the relationships with students who may need a caring adult as well as a professional police officer,” said Chief Grile. “Being embedded in each school building’s culture results in an overall safe and secure learning environment.”
Officers will also be making regular contact at the elementary schools.
“We are proud of the long-standing partnership we’ve had with our SROs,” said Hilliard City Schools Deputy Superintendent Mike McDonough. “We are grateful to be adding more to the team this year to create even more great relationships with our students.”