Utica City School District to place special patrol officers in elementary schools

Utica City elementary schools will see new faces walking the halls next month.

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 12:02 AM

UTICA -- Utica City elementary schools will see new faces walking the halls next month.

Oneida County officials signed an agreement with the Utica City School District to place special patrol officers in all elementary schools.

"Statistically ... school shootings are typically over in less than 4 minutes," Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said. "Having boots on the ground, right there, you can divert a lot of things from happening."

The Oneida County Sheriff's office is hiring 20 special patrol officers to place in Utica’s elementary schools.

"We want people to know that the school district is concerned, not only with the safety of our students, but our staff and those people working these buildings," Utica School Board President Louis LaPolla said. "That proactive approach is extremely important because visibility of a policeman or someone in law enforcement is a deterrent of crime."

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, along with Sheriff Maciol, and Utica City School District Superintendent Bruce Karam signed a three year contract to work together to ensure school safety. Picente says the decision to place officers in schools comes after what he feels is a lack of response by state and federal government to take action in school shootings.

"The amount of children that are coming into the schools each and every day and stick around for activities, and the different situations of where they're placed in neighborhoods, make it important that it be as secure as possible and have a professional at the door," Picente said.

The special patrol officer position is part-time and will pay each officer roughly $19,000 a year. The county will split the cost with the school district. Picente says he's pushing to receive state aid to help with funding.

"We wanted to get it kicked off and started and be the first point," Picente said. "And now it's time for the state to step up for these districts and for these communities and take away that share that it's costing."

The officers will begin work in January, when students return to school after Christmas break.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 394079

Reported Deaths: 32043
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21547523104
Nassau418532183
Suffolk414271981
Westchester348661425
Rockland13602668
Orange10730478
Erie7337634
Dutchess4213151
Monroe3780266
Onondaga2863184
Albany2112121
Ulster178286
Oneida164290
Sullivan145245
Putnam132963
Niagara123788
Schenectady80537
Broome72258
Rensselaer55528
Saratoga55014
Columbia46637
Madison35717
Orleans28151
Steuben26841
Ontario2659
Warren26330
Greene26018
Fulton25724
Washington24614
Genesee2385
St. Lawrence2192
Oswego2013
Tompkins1770
Wayne1743
Herkimer1623
Chenango1465
Chemung1442
Tioga14324
Livingston1308
Chautauqua1277
Cattaraugus1236
Cayuga1192
Montgomery1184
Clinton1014
Wyoming955
Delaware914
Jefferson880
Otsego845
Seneca700
Allegany610
Schoharie580
Cortland470
Yates466
Essex420
Franklin310
Lewis300
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
Utica
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Oneonta
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Herkimer
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Thendara
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left