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Warrington Township and Central Bucks School District Announce the Reinstatement of a School Resource Officer Program

PRESS RELEASE –

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BARRY LUBER, WARRINGTON TOWNSHIP MANAGER (bluber@warringtontownship.org)

Warrington Township and Central Bucks School District Announce the Reinstatement of a School Resource Officer Program WARRINGTON, PA – The Warrington Township Board of Supervisors and Central Bucks School District (CBSD) are proud to announce the reinstatement of a School Resource Officer program through a joint initiative. The program will begin with an officer in place at the start of the 2022-2023 school year at Central Bucks High School South (CB South) in Warrington, Pa.

“The reestablishment of this program has been a high priority for some time, and we are delighted to partner with the school district in its successful implementation this fall,” Warrington Township Chair Fred R. Gaines said.

As a sworn law enforcement officer, the School Resource Officer (SRO) will work cooperatively with the administration and staff at CB South to develop and employ actions and procedures that result in a safer school environment through direct positive interaction with students and connections with administration, faculty, and staff. The officer provides not only a visual reminder of safety in the school but acts as a mentor to students. While primarily located at CB South, he will also frequent the other schools located in Warrington Township.

The SRO will have the authority to make arrests, respond to calls, and document incidents that occur within the school. Beyond law enforcement responsibilities, the SRO participates in educational programming, emergency management planning, and strives to employ non-punitive techniques when interacting with at-risk students.

Chief Daniel J. Friel was eager to fill the position as he knew exactly who the School Resource Officer would be. Chief Friel shared, “Officer Robert Bell has done this before with great success and continues to progress his knowledge and education with extensive training in school safety.”

Officer Robert Bell, who previously served as the SRO at CB South from 2014 to 2018, will return to the role. Officer Bell recalls that students came to him with a variety of concerns and questions. He touched base with students in the hallway and focused on building trusted relationships with them.

Michael Diorka, Member of the Board of Supervisors, agrees and says, “Officer Bell is an ambassador on behalf of his law enforcement colleagues – his presence will serve not only to help create a safer school environment, but a safer community through positive interactions with our youth.”

Dana Hunter, President of the Central Bucks School District’s Board of School Directors, sees enormous potential in the program’s return. “While we know the school resource officer will help our students, faculty, and staff feel safer, Officer Bell’s presence as another trusted adult in the school environment increases the opportunities for our students to build a rapport with an adult who cares about their personal success and well-being.”

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PHOTOS: Aerial (CB South) and sidewalk (CBSD High School South) photos of Central Bucks High School South. Credit: Central Bucks School District

SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTACT: Angela M. Linch, Director of Communications and Community Relations, Central Bucks School District (alinch@cbsd.org Source:  Warrington Township Police Department

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