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District looks to work with other law enforcement agencies to continue SRO program

PMG PHOTO - The Gresham-Barlow School District is looking for alternative law enforcement agencies to fill the District's SRO role left by the Gresham Police Department. After the city of Gresham announced it would pause its School Resource Officer Program in July, the Gresham-Barlow School District has announced it has been in contact with other law enforcement agencies to provide similar services.

Gresham Police are working to fill 19 officer vacancies and plans to re-deploy officers currently assigned to the SRO program to patrol positions.

The School District said in a message to families that it will provide an update on its work to find another SRO option before the start of the school year.

Students at all Gresham-Barlow schools return to classrooms on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

In November 2021, the Gresham-Barlow School District removed the Gresham High School SRO from the high school and launched a review of the entire program after students raised allegations of racial discrimination and profiling.

A third party was hired to review the SRO program, with the goal of recommending changes. The consulting firm gathered data and held listening sessions with students, parents, law enforcement, community members and district leaders.

The consultant team has recently completed its work and will share its findings with the School Board and community this fall.

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