The Swanzey Police Department no longer has a School Resource Officer program.
Below details the twelve successful years of the program's existance:
In March of 1999, the Swanzey Police Department and the Supervisory Administrative Unit 38 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which was based on the agreement that there needed to be a close cooperative relationship between the Swanzey Police Department and Monadnock Regional High School. The agreement paved the way for a full-time police presence in the school in the form of a School Resource Officer (SRO).
The SRO was a sworn, certified officer of the Swanzey Police Department. The SRO possessed all the requisite knowledge, skills and physical abilities incumbent upon the position of a police officer in New Hampshire and was responsible for maintaining effective resources between school officials, students, parents and law enforcement officials. The SRO also performed operations and public relations duties and tasks specific to the position. Among those duties and responsibilities were; the SRO taught appropriate classes to students, councils students, attended disciplinary hearings, attended social or athletic events, attended PTA meetings, gathered intelligence, enforced laws, investigates crimes and complaints, and prepared statistical reports.
The Swanzey Police Department SRO was an important part of our team dedicated to deliver the best in law enforcement and customer service to the community.
We have had three SRO's in the program's eleven year history. It has proven to be a position within our organization that had honed officer's skill, knowledge and abilities. Our first SRO, responsible for developing the strong foundation of our program, was Wayne Kassotis. Wayne was our SRO for eight years, and in 2007, he was recruited by the Town of Fitzwilliam to be their Chief of Police, where he still serves. Our second SRO, James Fisher, served in that capacity for two years before being recruited and hired by the Town of Winchester to be their police detective. Our third and final SRO, was Robert O'Connor.
Robert O'Connor has now be re-assigned to patrol.