There’s now enough money to keep police on patrol in Wellington’s schools through early April.
The school resource officer program, which has been in jeopardy of ending, still needs $7,400 to keep afloat for the rest of the school year.
The program places five officers in rotating shifts in the schools. They are paid as school employees.
However, the SRO program has not been eligible for some grants because there is not a dedicated officer assigned to school buildings.
Lt. Jeff Shelton, who is in charge of the effort, said having different officers provides more flexibility for youth to form positive bonds with police.
John Cloud Sr., CEO of Forest City Technologies, and his son, president John Cloud Jr., donated $10,000 last year to help launch the program.
“There is nothing more crucial to our safety and well-being than the local police force and the kids in school are deserving of the protection of the school resource officer,” said Cloud Sr. “I think it’s good for the kids to see law enforcement up close and personal and hopefully develop some respect for them.”
Recent donations have come from the K-Kids and the Wellington Women’s League.
Cloud urged people to “give what they can afford to give. I know it would be appreciated by the schools and the program.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Photo by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise
Lt. Jeff Shelton holds a proclamation honoring John Cloud Jr. and John Cloud Sr. of Forest City Technologies for their $10,000 donation to help start the school resource officer program. Superintendent Dennis Mock looks on.
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