The Carson City School District has announced further details associated with the Nevada Department of Education grant to hire more school safety officers and thereby enhance student safety.
The funding was made possible by passage of several key bills during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session.
“We want to recognize Governor Sisolak and all our state representatives for the efforts and considerations they made during the last legislative session,” Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District, said. “Over the last several years, the topic of ensuring the safety of our children and students at schools have been on the minds of nearly every engaged citizen across the country. I’m encouraged at our local leaders’ attention to our most precious commodity – our children.”
The Carson City Schools Safety Grant includes $600,000 for two years for two additional School Resource Officers (SROs) and $500,000 for school building and other facilities improvements that were identified in a Homeland Security Assessment.
The addition of two more school resource officers and school safety facility improvements build upon much of the work already completed within our schools and are aligned with the recommendations from Homeland Security’s safety audits completed within the last year.
Sheriff Kenny Furlong plans to use current staff to fill these new positions because they are already familiar with the laws regarding schools and students. They have extensive training for dealing with crisis circumstances and are already integrated in the patrol divisions operations. Plans are already in place to begin moving personnel into their new assignments.
“The selection of deputies for these positions will focus highly on their ability to develop relationships with students and families,” Furlong said. “In addition, the news hires will have the benefit of being trained by the three current SROs who are familiar with the student population and administrators as well as regular routines unique to each school.”
“The selection of deputies for these positions will focus on their ability to develop relationships with students, families, and School District staff and employees,” Furlong said. “In addition, all Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to the School District are required to be certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers. Through this training, deputies are provided with the highest quality training to create safer schools and safer children. The standards and training have been provided to the three current SROs and will be applied to all future officers working in our educational environments. Their constant visibility and high profile will create a sense of safety and security in the minds of parents and their children. Problems can be dealt with when they first arise, rather than waiting until an emergency occurs.