Meet the New School Resource Officers
The Petaluma Police Department is very proud to be able to announce that two of its senior officers Dan Miller and John Antonio will be the new School Resource Officers with Petaluma City Schools. Officer Miller will be assigned to Petaluma High School while Officer Antonio will be assigned to Casa Grande High School. While primarily being assigned to the two largest high schools, Officer Miller and Antonio will also assist with issues at other schools within the school district as time allows.
Both Officer Miller and Antonio have previously been SRO’s and have repeatedly been recognized for their work within the community especially their work with the youth of Petaluma. Officer Antonio has spent over 10 years involved in local football programs as well as coaching at various high schools. Officer Miller has done the same with baseball including coaching the varsity Baseball Team at Casa Grande High School for several years.
The role of School Resource Officer is not the traditional role of a police officer. Often they will serve as counselors, as well as role models and advocates for students, families, and school staff. The ability to build a rapport with students and help them avoid conflicts in school and most importantly stay out of the criminal justice system is vital.
Petaluma City Schools and Petaluma Police Department Announce Return of School Resource Officer Program
Petaluma City Schools and Petaluma Police Department are pleased to announce to the community the appointment of two School Resource Officers (SROs) who will begin their assignments this week. This was made possible by Petaluma City Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dave Rose, who secured a grant from the California Department of Justice, which fully funds these two positions for two years with the possibility of the grant being extended on an annual basis.
PCS has enjoyed a great working relationship with the Petaluma Police Department, which included having officers previously serve in School Resource roles at Casa Grande High School and Petaluma High School. Budgetary constraints and staffing reductions at the police department in 2008 caused the SRO program to be eliminated. The program was started back up with an officer in 2013 for 4 months at Petaluma High School however had to be stopped again due to staffing shortages. It has always been the desire of Petaluma City Schools to bring back this partnership.
The safety of our students and campuses is at the top of our priority list at Petaluma City Schools. We’d like to thank Assistant Superintendent Dave Rose for securing this grant amidst a large competitive field of applicants. This partnership will undoubtedly benefit students, faculty, families, and the community as a whole.