Galloway Township, school district to hire two Class II officers

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GALLOWAY – The Township Council approved hiring two Class II officers for the middle and elementary schools during its July 15 meeting.

Township Manager Susan Jacobucci told The Current that the governing body and the school district worked out an interlocal agreement to put two officers in the schools for the 2014-2015 school year. The district and the police department are finalizing the agreement. The special officers will rotate among the schools.

Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District’s Absegami High School uses security officers.

The manager said the school district agreed to pay the salaries for the officers.

“We’ve had a meeting with the school. The agreement has not been signed yet, but it is going to be before the start of the school year,” Jacobbucci said.

In addition to salaries, the school district is going to pay for use of the automobiles, training and uniforms.

“They are like regular officers, but they are just not full-time sworn, on-the- street officers,” Jacobucci said.

The officers are expected to work 20 hours per week and will not receive health care benefits, Jacobucci said.

Police Chief Patrick Moran said the school resource officer program has always been a valuable program.

“I was sorry to see the program leave the township during financial struggles which affected the budget, but the officers had to be re-deployed to maintain safety within the township,” Moran said in a release issued July, 16. “As the chief of police, I am very proud to say that our school administrators work very closely with the police department and we equally agree that a sworn police officer will exercise legal authority, be more effective, and will be the best choice for the schools.”

The officers that are placed within the schools will be under the direction of the police department and assigned to perform the tasks that the school administration requires to provide safety and additional resources for the students, staff and the community.

The police department would like to fill the positions prior to the beginning of the school year in September.

Resumes will be accepted with a deadline of Aug. 1 and can be mailed or dropped off attn: Chief Patrick Moran, at the police department during business hours at 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, 08205.

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