City Council approves School Resource Officer agreements

Dec. 11, 2023
School Resource Officer

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council has approved agreements with the Chandler Unified, Kyrene and Mesa school districts to provide school resource officers at all public high schools and middle schools in Chandler through June 2026.

The agreements, approved during the City Council’s Dec. 7th meeting, fund a combined total of 12 school resource officer positions to serve at assigned districts. Grants from the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Program cover nearly all the personnel costs for the positions. Any remaining personnel costs are split equally between the city and school districts.

Nine officers will be dedicated to Chandler Unified School District and assigned to Arizona College Prep, Basha, Chandler and Hamilton high schools, Arizona College Prep middle school and Andersen, Bogle, Santan and Willis junior high schools.

Two officers will be dedicated to Kyrene School District and assigned to Aprende and Pueblo middle schools.

One officer will be dedicated to Mesa Public Schools and assigned to Summit Academy.

School resource officers are sworn members of the Chandler Police Department who perform police duties and provide a law enforcement officer presence on school campuses. Officers also assist administrators, teachers and students with school safety, security and law enforcement education.