Coshocton schools rely on resource officers

  • River View and Ridgewood are adding School Resource Officers for the new school year. Coshocton City Schools has had a Resource Officer since 2013.
  • The Resource Officer for Coshocton is Deputy Mark Sharrock. Deputy Justin Landerman joins River View and Officer Jose Hernandez works for Ridgewood.
  • School Resource Officers ensure a safe school environment, prevent and reduce the potential harm of school violence, and promote a positive school climate.
  • School security and resource officers have been a hot topic since the May school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

COSHOCTON – River View and Ridgewood are joining schools in the City of Coshocton this school year in having School Resource Officers (SROs) to enhance district safety for staff and students.

Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mark Sharrock has served as the SRO for the City of Coshocton Schools since 2017, replacing Jeff Corder who started in 2013. Local Ridgewood Schools previously worked with former police chiefs of West Lafayette, Terry Mardis and Stephen Klopfenstein, and this year contracts with the police department for the services of Officer Jose Hernandez. River View is under contract with the Sheriff’s Office for Deputy Justin Landerman.

Districts have stated that the purpose of a school resource officer is to provide a safe environment, prevent and reduce potential harm from school violence, and foster a positive school climate. Additionally, River View Superintendent Chuck Rinkes said Landerman would be a member of the district’s threat assessment and security plan team and help address absenteeism issues.

Rinkes admitted that the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas made school safety a hot topic again and one they felt needed to be addressed.

“Anytime you can add another layer of security to your school building for your staff and, especially, for your students, I think you’re going in the right direction,” Rinkes said. “It’s the philosophy of adding more good people to your organization and having more good people around your children.”

Ridgewood Superintendent Mike Masloski said the district continues to promote school safety by creating a positive and safe environment and communicating it with staff and the community inside and outside of all buildings. . He said staff members are regularly trained in security measures and they monitor security protocols. Adding an SRO is just one more thing.

“We worked smarter and more efficiently to develop multiple layers of security and safety in our buildings,” Masloski said.

City of Coshocton Schools Superintendent David Hire said Sharrock has been a strong asset for several years. He is highly visible in the district and has made personal connections with many students and families. He is present during drop-off and pick-up of students, during lunch periods and during school activities such as board meetings and sports competitions.

“These days, it’s reassuring for everyone to know that we have a school resource officer on site,” Hire said. “On the other hand, we want to build good relationships with our community agencies, and law enforcement is certainly one of them. We want our students, staff and parents to get to know some of these law enforcement officers. order. We want to establish that and build that sense of trust.”

Leonard Hayhurst is community content coordinator and generalist reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with nearly 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.

Comments are closed.