VISION OF THE OFFICE OF SAFE SCHOOLS

The Governor Mifflin Office of Safe Schools subscribes to the theory that community policing is the most effective deterrent to criminal and antisocial behavior. Community policing has a proven track record of having positive influence on the culture of the affected area. It can be illustrated by the image of the beat cop patrolling the neighborhood, playing catch with kids, talking with families, and helping the elderly. This rapport translates to trust of the police officer and his/her department. Constituents are less likely to commit crime and are more comfortable speaking with the officer, often providing information on criminal activity.

Community policing can be seen within the walls of our schools when members of the Office of Safe Schools spend time building rapport with our students, staff, and parents. Trust is gained and the aforementioned benefits begin to take effect. We have seen an improvement in the culture of our school and can show a reduction in truancy, incidents of fighting, issues with drugs and other criminal behaviors.

It is the mission of the Office of Safe Schools to keep our students, visitors, faculty, and staff safe. The many layers of safety and security that are in place, including armed school police officers, are meant to provide early detection and active intervention for issues that could threaten the health and well being of those in our school environment. The Office of Safe Schools is trained and prepared to provide enforcement and security as necessary. However, we will continue to develop and pursue community policing at every opportunity.

SAFE SCHOOLS

CONTACT

Bill Burdette
School Police Officer
william.burdette@gmsd.org
610-775-5089, ext. 6773

Tony Maddaloni
School Police Officer
anthony.maddaloni@gmsd.org
610-775-5083, ext. 5523

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