Auburn School Campus Safety Enhanced Through Increase in School Resource Officers

August 10, 2022 — As part of the continuing partnership between Auburn City Schools, Auburn Board of Education, and the City of Auburn, the Auburn Police Department (APD) has further increased school resource officer (SRO) staffing to assign at least one officer at each school campus for the duration of the school year, effective August 2022.

Auburn Police Chief Cedric Anderson said, “We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the schools in Auburn. The responsibility to protect the community, especially our schools, is of the utmost importance and wouldn’t be possible without the support of a number of people. We are also pleased to have a number of veteran officers respond and commit to safeguarding our schools.”

All Auburn City Schools now have at least one police officer assigned to be present during school hours with a minimum of two officers assigned to Auburn High School and Auburn Junior High School daily. Each supplementary school resource officer hired has more than 25 years of experience as a full-time police officer. The increased presence and vast experience of the officers at Auburn school campuses will further enhance protection of students and staff while fostering relationships between residents and police.

With the start of the school year, traffic can become congested in school zones. APD would like to remind everyone to be patient and stay safe on the roadways. You may notice the APD Motor Units assisting with traffic enforcement in school zones and additional public safety specialists directing traffic. Be aware of increased foot traffic and decreased speed limits in school zones to help keep Auburn residents safe.

“The Board of Education credits the partnership with the Auburn Police Department and collaboration with the City of Auburn in increasing the number of school resource officers on our campuses,” Auburn City Schools Superintendent Dr. Cristen Herring commented. “Auburn City Schools is fortunate to receive tremendous support from the City government, the City Manager’s office, and Auburn Public Safety Services. Our shared goal is to prevent potential threats and provide advanced campus security for students, staff, and schools.”