Local school resource officers training to improve relationship with students

Hampden County

Police resource officers ensure safety in Springfield public schools.

Springfield Police officers who patrol the public schools are part of the Quebec Unit. Quebec Unit members are resource officers.

Dozens of resource officers from Springfield and across the state are training to sharpen their skills dealing with students in public and alternative schools.

“Our primary time is spent developing relationships with children and also being guest speaker,” said Ted Dau. “It’s our hope we can get the kids before they make the bad choices. And end up getting involved in the legal system.”

Several women are among this advanced class of school resource officers working towards their national certification.

“I bring my experience as a mom, as a community member, as a coach, as an educator, female to my community,” said Officer Tricia Zucco of the Sheffield Police Department.

During this week-long training, the school resource officers learn the skills of being a friend and mentor to young people, while helping and protecting them.

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