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Seaford PD Will Now Run School Resource Officer Program

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SEAFORD, Del.- Seaford High and Middle School may look different next year, especially the people who will be patrolling the hallways. 

After 20 years, the hallways will now be patrolled by the Seaford Police Department rather than Delaware State Police.

The Seaford Police Department says it will now run the Seaford Resource Officer Program. This, to increase visibility, strengthen bonds with students and their families, and prevent crime down the line by engaging with students early.

The Seaford Police Department says the change is not motivated by finances, but simply a better chance for students and local officers to engage with one another rather than at the state level. 

Jason Cameron, principal of Seaford High School, says he welcomes the change, though he credits DSP for all they've done to increase school safety in the past. Though he says there is a benefit to changing to the local force.

"The officer here in the hallway, you're seeing him when you're outside at a Little League game, and what have you, and it just helps them in knowing them better," he said.

Cameron went on to say "It increases the pride in the community," and these officers are likely the ones responding to local emergencies that could possibly involve students and their families, forging a better sense of trust. 

Seaford Police Department Chief Marshall Craft said they're excited to take on the new role. 

Though safety is their primary goal, Craft says they also hope to implement additional programs while serving the high and middle school, and on occasion, the elementary school. 

"It's going to be with cyberbullying depending upon the grade level in the middle school, cybersexting because you're kind of getting into that in the sixth and seventh grade, and then the big component is going to be for the drivers education program, and I think that's going to be a great asset for our schools and kids and future drivers," he said.

But beyond safety and additional programs, Seaford High officials say they're hoping for great mentorship between police and students, which could have a positive impact on academic performance. 

 

 

 

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