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Cuero Police Department hires new school resource officer

Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.

Officer John White was named the Cuero Police Department's new school resource officer on July 23.  He worked for the Victoria Police Department for five years as a school resource officer assigned to  Mitchell Guidance Center campus.

Officer John White is the Cuero Police Department's new school resource officer.

White began his career as a law enforcement officer in 2002.

"Safety of our students is my No. 1 priority. They need to feel safe on our campuses and safe in the classroom," White said.

School resource officers were introduced to Cuero school district initially through a collaboration between the Cuero Police Department and the school district in a 1999 US Department of Justice COPS Grant.

In 2008 the CISD SMART Choices program, funded through a Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal grant, continued the collaboration and added a second SRO.

As these funds have been phased out, an interlocal agreement between the two institutions continues the partnership, which provides a safe school environment and law enforcement visibility throughout the district as a positive role model to deter crime and delinquency.

White attended Victoria College Police Academy and was a patrol officer for Cuero Police Department until 2005.

He received his SRO certification in Galveston through a rigorous curriculum provided through the state. He worked for the Victoria Police Department for five years as a school resource officer assigned to Mitchell Guidance Center campus.

"I'm glad to be back," he remarked.

The department will hire a second school resource officer. One will be based at the high school and cover both the high school and junior high campuses.

The other will work with the pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade campuses.

"We want to be visible and be proactive in the community," said Sgt. Sam Saunders, Community Services Division of the Cuero Police Department.

He is also developing a specialized education pilot program to be launched in the Cuero school district in 2013-14.

"I believe our CISD school resource officer has a positive impact on our student body as he gets to know our kids and relates to them on a personal level," said school district superintendent Jim Haley.

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