trict will provide a satellite office for Danbury police in its school building, across from its auditorium. All Danbury students are located on a single campus.
While patrolling, police will periodically check in to file paperwork, meet students and provide law enforcement services if necessary. The district will provide the officer with a reserved parking space, a laptop, free Internet and 24-hour access to the building.
The partnership fosters good relationships and communication between police and young people, superintendent Dan Parent said.
After the tragic December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many schools like Danbury reviewed their safety procedures and determined areas needing improvement, Parent said.
“We decided an armed presence in our building wasn’t a bad idea,” he said. “We thought it would give our parents some comfort.”
Providing the eight-person police department with an already-existing office space was a creative, cost-effective way to share services, Parent said.
Danbury police Chief Michael Meisler agreed.
“The school and community are safe now, but we want to make sure it stays that way,” Meisler said. “This is a good thing. We’re looking forward to it.”
If parents have questions about the police partnership, Meisler said they can call the station at 419-732-2549.