School Resource Officers

Throughout the academic year, Community Policing officers are assigned to Central High School and Handy Middle School. The officers work in a proactive and problem solving partnership with the schools, residential neighborhoods and business districts surrounding the schools.

Currently, Officer Matthew Meisel is assigned to Central High School and Officer Leslie Darrow is assigned to Handy Middle School.

The partner schools have a combined population of approximately 3140 students. 38% of the students qualify for free or reduced price school meals due to low income status. The ethnic makeup of the student population is 85% white, 8% Hispanic, 5% Black/African American, 1% American Indian and 1% Asian.

Promoting Partnerships

The Community Policing officers assigned as school resource officers promote a positive and healthy relationship between police, schools, students, parents and the community. The partnerships developed establish a solid communication link between police department and school district personnel.


The general duties of a school resource officer include:
  • Assisting school administration in monitoring student attendance
  • Reviewing, monitoring and actively participating in school safety operations (crisis plans, fire drills, etc.)
  • Assisting in the formation of post-crisis management plans
  • Ensuring physical security of the school buildings and parking lots which includes checking for loiterers, trespassers and unauthorized vehicles
  • Reviewing and monitoring school traffic issues
  • Investigating violations of the law which occurred in or near the schools
  • Aid school officials in the development and implementation of proactive drug and alcohol prevention programs
  • Assisting school officials with routine drug and weapon searches
  • Helping school officials in the investigation of serious school code of conduct violations (fighting, assaults, vandalism, drug offenses, etc.)
  • Providing school officials with assistance at special school events (sporting events, dances, etc.)