MIDWEST CITY — Newly appointed school resource officer Sgt. Terry Tilley will guard the halls of Midwest City High School this year.
Tilley was appointed to the position by the Midwest City-Del City School District and police department representatives. He previously served as the security officer at Monroney Middle School and took classes to prepare for the position of school resource officer.
“Sgt. Tilley is a great fit for this program. He has shown great interest in intervention, taken classes to prepare him for a position such as this and is very enthusiastic,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
Tilley will serve as a first responder in the event of a school emergency, monitor student truancy and act as an educator by assisting in classroom presentations.
Topics presented by Tilley will include policing as a career, criminal investigation, alcohol and drug awareness, gang and stranger awareness, general crime prevention, conflict resolution, character values and bullying.
“We want the students to feel that they can talk to him and depend on him for advice and counsel,” said Larry Stephenson, Mid-Del Schools director of safety and security.
The program has been in schools across the country since the 1980s and is a collaborative effort by law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to provide a safe environment and offer law-related education to reduce crime, drug abuse and violence.
The program is new to Mid-Del schools, and Clabes said he hopes the addition of a school resource officer at Midwest City High School will serve as a steppingstone for other district schools to follow.
“Our hope is that we can add officers to our other high school and middle schools in the future. We look forward to this partnership with the school district,” Clabes said.