The Snoqualmie Valley School District and the city of Snoqualmie are partnering to add a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Mount Si High School this school year. The hiring process for the officer is now underway.
The uniformed officer will be based at Mount Si High School, to assist with school safety and security needs. The Snoqualmie Police Department will hire the officer, but high school students and staff will be represented on the hiring team. While the officer will be a city of Snoqualmie employee, both the city and school district will share salary costs.
“Mount Si High School is one of the few high schools in King County without a school-based officer,” explained Principal John Belcher. “We are excited about this partnership with local law enforcement and look forward to welcoming the new SRO. An onsite officer will help our staff ensure the safety and security of our school environment, as well as offer a positive role model for students.”
The school resource officer will interact with students and staff, to forge a stronger working relationship with the school, and provide students personal involvement with local law enforcement. With a regular presence on campus, the officer can help deter or prevent incidents, conduct investigations when needed, serve as a liaison between the school and department, and assist in the classroom education regarding safety.
“About 10 years ago, there was a school resource officer in our school district, but unfortunately, that service was discontinued due to budget cuts. Now, we look forward to re-establishing this relationship and the benefits it will provide our schools and our community,” said Snoqualmie Chief of Police Steve McCulley, who was instrumental in cultivating this opportunity.
While school is in session, the SRO will be based primarily at Mount Si High School, but may support other schools as needed. When school is not in session, the officer will support other needs at the Snoqualmie Police Department.