City adds School Resource Officers in Partnership with Clay County School Board

Green Cove Springs- City Council approved the interlocal agreement between Clay County School Board and the City of Green Cove Springs that would give $143,534 to the police department for two School Resource Officer positions.

The two officers will be split between Charles E. Bennett Elementary and Green Cove Springs Junior High School, with each assigned to a school. Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot said that the officers filling the positions are tenured police officers. Both are receiving certification as School Resource Officers in June.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to place School Resource Officers in Charles E. Bennett Elementary and Green Cove Springs Junior High. We look forward to building upon our current relationship we have with our students and fostering new relationships,” said Asdot. “Thank you to Clay County School Board and Superintendent Davis, as well as the City of Green Cove Springs, City Manager Danielle J. Judd and our mayor and City Council for making this possible.”

The Clay County School Board voted to add School Resource Officers in every public high school and junior high school and a trained School Safety Officer in every public elementary school in early May. This is to comply with a bill Governor Rick Scott signed into law in early March increasing funds to require school districts to put a School Resource Officer in every school in the wake of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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