According to the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent data, 46 percent of traditional public schools had an SRO present at least once a week. The Butler Tech SRO will be there every school day.
The township police department’s authorized strength is 23 full-time officers for the community of just under 23,000. It has 22 officers on staff, but it will drop to 21 with an upcoming retirement.
The cost for the SRO will be paid by Butler Tech. SROs are typically in middle school and high school buildings.
Fairfield City Schools, which serves Fairfield Twp., has an SRO at its high school, freshman school and two middle schools. All four schools are within the Fairfield city limits, and the four officers are paid for by the city school district and Fairfield Police Department.
There are two Fairfield elementary schools in the township — Fairfield East and North — and while they do not have the personnel to assign an officer to them, on-duty officers do stop to visit and work with the students.