The Weston Police Commission is holding a special meeting tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 18, to discuss the possibility of adding two police officer positions to its budget request — a school resource officer (SRO) to be stationed at the Weston school campus, and an additional patrol officer.
Weston Police Chief John Troxell said his main reason for wanting an SRO is for the public safety of children, parents, and school staff. He said the issue has been under consideration for some time and is not a “knee jerk” reaction to last week’s school shooting in Newtown.
“We’ve been talking about getting an SRO for three years now, but it’s always been a budgetary issue,” said Rick Phillips, commission chairman.
With members of the commission by his side, Chief Troxell spoke in favor of the creation of an SRO position at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. He said he realized the addition of one or more police officers would raise the police department’s budget line, but added, “You can’t put a price on the safety of children.”
Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said she and the school board are currently studying SROs, and will be visiting Darien to see how that school system utilizes one, but the board has not decided if it wants an SRO in Weston schools.
Before Chief Troxell spoke, in an opening statement, Dr. Palmer addressed the Newtown incident and asked the board to consider hiring security officers for each school and at the entrances to School Road. During public comment, parent Yvonne D’Aquino asked if the security officers would be armed. “No, they would not,” Dr. Palmer responded.
The Police Commission’s special meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at Weston Town Hall.