In June of this year, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs convened a meeting with local school principals, Jordan School District officials, law enforcement personnel, emergency services personnel, and city officials for a discussion on school safety at the local level. A recommendation was made at that meeting that a second school resource officer be added to serve the middle schools in the city. Since that time, the decision was made to follow that recommendation and add an officer so that both Oquirrh Hills and South Hills middle schools have a dedicated, full-time officer.
“The message from the meeting with local school and city officials was loud and clear,” said Staggs. “I’m thrilled that we are able to provide a second school resource officer for our middle schools who will be dedicated to protecting our kids that attend those schools.”
Officer John Clark joins Officer Dallin Thomson as a school resource officer. Officer Clark had previously been assigned traffic control duties in Riverton. The assignment of which officer will work at each school will be made in the days ahead.
“With several children in school, I am happy that our city can have an additional school resource officer,” said Councilwoman Tawnee McCay. “This helps reduce truancy and improves relations between young people and police officers. It also helps our students and teachers feel more safe.”
A full-time school resource officer, Tom Loevlie, has been in place for some time at Riverton High School, in addition to DARE Officer Tom Burton, who serves at elementary schools in the city.
According to Staggs, the city will continue to have a dialogue with residents, local school officials and school district officials to ensure resources are aligned with the needs of the community and to provide for the best possible public safety.