What are School Resource Officers?
School resource officers are provided in a partnership between NHC Schools, the NHC Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department and are used in all area schools.
The WPD has been providing dedicated police officers, called School Resource Officers, in various New Hanover County schools since 2008.
The officers are assigned to specific schools, but can be utilized in any county school as well as school-related events, such as sporting events.
Using officers dedicated in the schools allows for immediate response within the schools without sacrificing citywide police coverage.
- The city provides four sworn officers each year at a cost of $210,000.
- The NHC Board of Education (BOE) reimburses the city for approximately 1/3 of the cost, or about $70,000 a year.
- This is the same cost-sharing arrangement the BOE has with the NHC Sheriff’s Office.
Having sworn law enforcement personnel serve as school resource officers not only helps build trust among law enforcement officers and students, it also provides greater safety for students and more efficient use of limited law enforcement resources that would not exist if regular patrol officers had to respond to schools on a call-by-call basis.