May 8, 2018
Sheriff’s office will hire school security specialists
File Photo/Cassandra Brown
School Resource Office Mundy Crummett, assigned to Taylor Middle, and her seven colleagues will get re-inforcements in the fall, when the sheriff’s office will add three SROs and 12 security specialists to the county’s public schools.
We have a great relationship with the sheriff’s office in regards to SROs and we are expecting a similar partnership with them in relation to safety and security specialists.
— School Superintendent David Jeck
All Fauquier public elementary and high schools will get new security staff members in the fall.
The sheriff’s office this summer will hire 12 security specialists and three armed deputies for the county schools. School and county officials quickly agreed to add the positions after the massacre of Parkland, Fla., high school students Feb. 14.
The safety and security specialists will monitor buildings and social media, and investigate incidents, among other duties. (Job description at bottom of story.)
The sheriff’s office has not decided whether security specialists will be armed. The positions will pay at least $16.39 an hour.
Next fall, each high school, along with nine elementary schools will get one security specialist.
Southeastern Alternative Middle and High School near Midland and Thompson and Mary Walter Elementary schools — those near the north and south ends of Fauquier — will each get one SRO apiece.
“If something were to happen . . . it would take (deputies) at least 10 minutes to get there,” school Superintendent David Jeck said.
The sheriff’s office hopes to fill all 15 positions by July 1.
Each high school and middle school campus already has an armed sheriff’s deputy.
School officials had started to discuss the hiring of security specialists for high schools earlier this year, but Dr. Jeck decided to accelerate the plan because of murders of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
In a meeting last week, county, school and law enforcement officials decided the new hires would be sheriff’s office employees so they receive the same training, according to Dr. Jeck.
The county supervisors in March budgeted $776,000 to hire 11 elementary school security officers and a school resource officer for Southeastern.
The fiscal 2019 school budget also includes $148,000 for three high school security specialists.
“We have a great relationship with the sheriff’s office in regards to SROs and we are expecting a similar partnership with them in relation to safety and security specialists,” Dr. Jeck said.
Safety and Security Specialist job description by Fauquier Now on Scribd
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