PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Piqua Police Department and Piqua City Schools are teaming up to provide added security in the district.
The school is hiring armed police officers to patrol the hallways and keep students and staff safe from any potential threats.
School superintendent Dwayne Thompson and police chief Bruce Jamison explain: unlike a School Resource Office (SRO) this officer will only have one job: to monitor campus, keeping an eye out for threats.
“We really just felt like we wanted an officer that could be more about security – really focused on that,” Thompson said. “Not being in an office, not teaching classes or covering duties – but being very present in the hallways and looking at situations… Walking around and being where the students are so we can kind of see what’s going on.”
The addition of police officers in Piqua schools comes amid continued concerns, at a national level, about mass shootings and threats in schools.
“I think people are recognizing the value of good guys with guns,” Jamison said.
“We do appreciate the fact that we need an increase security presence in schools and in some places that’s a role that SROs fill as well, but we’re doing it with a different level of sworn police officers whose role will be completely being present in the building, in the right place at the right time.” The police department and school district are in the process of hiring officers to get them on campus, this school year.