Delaware County Driven to Raise
Police Presence in Schools
by Matt Porter
November 12, 2013
Stamford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students switching
classes at the Stamford County Schools may notice a new "classmate,"
a Delaware County Sheriff's deputy.
It's part of an agreement between the sheriff's office and the
district superintendent to get police coverage back into schools
after the district lost it's school resource officer several years
ago, a program closed by the New York State Police.
Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills has partnered with
Superintendent Katy Graves to establish a sheriff substation in the
He said having a police officer presence, even part-time, can
benefit both a police and the school.
"It's creating a close working relationship and just being able to
identify all the players when we come into the school," Mills said.
Mills said the space is simply a room where deputies can stop, do
work, and patrol the school.
He said his hope is students and teachers will become familiar with
the officers on patrol.
"We want to eliminate one of those people they don't know in the law
enforcement uniform," Mills said.
Superintendent Katy Graves said it doesn't cost the school anything
but space to accommodate the officers.
"The schools are having to lay off teachers, lay off staff," Graves
said. "We have to get creative, we have to share services."
Graves said the benefits of having an officer in the school are well
worth the cost.
"This is a great answer," she said. "This gives us a presence in the
building, it gives us a sense of security."
It's not just for the sheriff's deputies, the sheriff's office is
discussing letting local and state police also use the drop in
Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said the new offices could
be the door to educating children about law enforcement.
"A lot of children have misconception that we spend most of our day
arresting people," DuMond said. "99 percent of our day is spent
helping people. And that will reflect in the relationship we build
here at the school."
Two schools are piloting the program, but DuMond said several other
districts have already shown interest since the program started this
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