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School Resource Officer

6The Police Department partners with Hempfield High School through the School Resource Officer position. The SRO program is designed to integrate a specially trained uniformed police officer into the school setting, not as a police officer assigned to patrol the school, but rather as a police officer who is part of the school community and whose presence is as inoffensive and as commonplace as a teacher, school nurse, or custodian. The SRO, Officer Timothy Marks,  essentially practices sound community policing concepts in a school environment. In addition to traditional policing activities, the officer was involved in other aspects of the student environment (i.e. teaching, a mentorship program, and variety show performances).