Londonderry board updated on School Resource Officer programBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2017 11:48PM
LONDONDERRY – The town’s School Resource Officer program coordinator met Tuesday night with the Londonderry School Board to provide an update to the district.
Adam C. Lane offered a 25-minute presentation about the SRO program to the board, saying officers are there to make positive relationships with students and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting young people.
The three main roles is as an educator (or guest lecturer), informal counselor or mentor and law enforcement officer. Some of the more timely lectures have come around the internet and social media, so the SRO program is also working
“And obviously we do traffic safety with school crosswalks and crossing guards and speed limits,” he added.
Resource officers, however, do refrain from internal school discipline situations, deferring to the school administration.
“Our goal is not to arrest kids,” Lane said. “Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment that is conducive to learning.”
The SRO program has been around for a long time in Londonderry, Lane said. The town was on the forefront in the state in getting police into the school system, he said.
Currently, Lt. Ryan Kearney oversees the program and Lane serves as the coordinator and is in the elementary schools and kindergarten classes. Officer Christopher Wiggin serves at the high school and officer Emily Dyer serves at the middle school, with officer Charles Nickerson as the substitute.
All are certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers and have more than a decade of service.
Board member Leitha Reilly said she wanted to invite the SRO officers to a school board meeting because it is important to hear the proactive steps the program is taking in Londonderry.