Marysville Police will hire three new, full-time School Resource Officers thanks to recently awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant.
The department will receive $375,000 in funding spread over three years to fund the positions.
“Being awarded this COPS funding is a huge win for our students and our community,” said Police Chief Rick Smith. “We’ve seen first-hand the value of community policing, especially between students and school resource officers. This grant means we can do even more to engage our youth and build lasting relationships.”
Following the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 24, 2014, students made clear to school staff and local recovery officials the importance having a safe place to learn. Both students and community members have requested additional SROs to be a visible public safety presence on school grounds.
“We’ve pursued this grant for several years, with the idea of building a Youth Services Unit,” said Mayor Jon Nehring. “With this funding, we can now do so, which affords us the opportunity to increase police presence and enhance safety in our schools and at other places where our kids congregate. Our thanks go out to Sens. Cantwell and Murray, and Rep. Larsen for their support and leadership in this effort.”
During the past five years, Marysville’s SROs responded to more than 7,600 calls, including assaults, arsons, gang activity, theft, threats and sex offenses.
Smith said the department expects to post the job announcement for the new positions as soon as possible.
Marysville Police Department job openings can be found online at http://www.marysvillewa.gov/710/Public-safety-job-openings. Additional information about the department, including archived news releases and links to department tweets, is available online: http://www.marysvillewa.gov/162/Police.