Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office assists school resource officers as Aurora police face staff shortages – CBS Denver

AURORA, Colorado (CBS4)– Staff shortages at the Aurora Police Department are forcing other agencies to step in and help some of the area schools with school resource officers.

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Starting Monday, November 1, at least six officers from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office will help monitor three high schools, including Grandview High School, Cherokee Trail High School and Smoky Hill High School. This is because the police department, which normally runs the schools, does not have enough officers to help. It is a partnership between the two agencies, as well as the Cherry Creek School District. The county sheriff’s office contacted the police department once they heard about the problem.

“It’s just a moment where we stepped up and said, ‘Hey, how can we help you? “” said Ginger Delgado, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. “You need us, you are understaffed and you may not have the capacity to staff these schools like you have in the past. “

The sheriff’s office is stepping in to provide six student resource officers to help secure and monitor area campuses, with two officers at each school. Matthew Longshore said staff shortages are forcing the ministry to cut some resources, such as school officers, which the ministry says is difficult.

“There is the pandemic, there is the civil unrest, there are families who just think it is not worth their loved ones to be put in danger,” Longshore said.

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Longshore said the police department did not want to sacrifice student safety, due to the lack of officers.

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“It’s not just for law enforcement purposes, it’s about building relationships. It’s the DARE program, or gang intervention or just being a trusted voice, a person to talk to, ”Longshore said.

The partnership will continue until January 1. After that, Aurora City Council should tackle the problem. The student resource officers that the ministry has always will continue in their assigned schools. And with more than 2,000 students in each school, both agencies have said it is for the greater good of the community.

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“We are committed to ensuring the safety of these students and we are committed to ensuring the safety of this community,” said Delgado.

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