Cuero Police Department hires new school resource officer
Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.
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.