North Baltimore Police Department Cheif Allan Baer reports that, "In Conjunction with the NB Public Schools have re-activated the School Resource Officer Position (SRO).
Needs of the community and the schools have brought the two entities back together and the SRO will be in place at the beginning of this school year.
After a thorough selection process, Officer Many Slane was selected for the position. Officer Slane will attend SRO training prior to starting at the school.
Chief Baer Stated "The two candidates interviewed very well, however, Officer Slane's experience and already established rapport with the schools, students and citizens, weighed heavily in her favor". "I am very exited at the idea of an Officer in our schools, for security reasons, mentoring purposes, role modeling and many other programs".
The SRO will balance her time between the Elementary school, Middle and High School. However, she will also maintain her police skills by being active on the road fulfilling regular police duties.
The Mayor, members of Village Council, the Police Chief and Superintendent of Schools, all have a vision of providing the best environment for our children to learn and grow and this is another step toward that goal."
Funding for Slane's position, estimated to be about $40,000 annually, will be split between the school district and village. Baer said they will be seeking grants and donations to help off-set the cost.
Providing additional security, assisting with programs for drug/alcohol abuse prevention and awareness, stranger danger training and seat belt safety. Other activities will deal with truancy and bullying, as needed. Slane will also serve as a liaison between law enforcement and students and role modeling, according to Baer.