City renews officers for Wilsonville schools
During the Aug. 15 meeting, the Wilsonville City Council approved the renewal of the School Resource Officer program.
The renewal is an intergovernmental agreement between the city, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. The formal consensus clarified the scope of work for the program and defined which entity was in charge of funding the program throughout the year.
"The IGA does not change the existing program, rather it memorializes what is already occurring," the City Council Meeting report read.
The agreement outlines that the city and district split the cost of the position during the school year. During the summer, when school is out of session, the city funds the program as the SRO is considered a Wilsonville patrol officer.
The program is factored into the $5.8 million budget from the City of Wilsonville's 2022-2023 adoptive budget, this year and classified under the public safety section.
The agreement also outlines the role of a school-based officer. The school district established the SRO program as a way to "bridge the gap" between law enforcement and youth, according to the district's website. Two officers currently patrol each city in the district.
"SROs fulfill a vital role in promoting communication and cooperation between the school district and law enforcement to support safe school communities and contribute to the learning process," the meeting report read.
Zach Keirsey will continue to be the SRO for Boeckman Creek Primary School, Boones Ferry Primary School, Lowrie Primary School, Stafford Primary School, Athey Creek Middle School, Meridian Creek Middle School, Inza R. Wood Middle School and Wilsonville High School.
Keirsey has worked with the school district since Sept. 2021. Before that, he worked as a jail deputy and deputy sheriff in Clackamas County.
The agreement will take effect immediately.
"Staff is supportive of the IGA and continuing the positive, community-focused SRO program within the schools," the report read.
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