The Somerton Police Department along with Somerton School District #11 has sponsored a local school resource officer for more than 15 years. The program currently provides an officer to the Somerton School District Middle School.
The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officers are involved in a variety of functions while in the school aimed at prevention. In addition to being a very actively high-profile law enforcement officer, the School Resource Officer is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Working hand in hand with the principle in school the School Resource Officer assists with finding solutions to problems facing today’s school aged children.
Officer Carlos Balderrama, School Resource Officer