How will North Kitsap’s schools look without a school resource officer? Dennis Swiney shared his thoughts with a North Kitsap School Board member in a letter dated June 30.
Swiney, Poulsbo’s police chief, sent this letter to board member Tom Anderson advising against cutting the district’s school resource police officer (or “SRO”) funding, saying that without it, “violence as well as other criminal issues such as drug possession will likely increase.” The school district faces a $2.8 million budget shortfall.
School resource officers — and their importance in introducing kids to law enforcement — has been a frequent topic of discussion here. Currently, Bremerton, South Kitsap and North Mason schools have one. Central Kitsap and Bainbridge have gone without them.