York City School Board approves use of heroin antidote

Written by York Daily Record Staff Report | Aug 20, 2015 10:52 AM

(York) -- The York City School District will reduce the number of school resource officers it has through York City Police from two to one.

The school board approved an agreement with police for one such officer on Wednesday night.

The school resource officer is employed by York City Police. The school district also employs its own school police force, made up of sworn officers who have certain enforcement powers on school district grounds.

Superintendent Eric Holmes said that as the school district's own police unit has grown, the district no longer needs two school resource officers.

"We believe there will always be a need for a school resource officer," he said, adding that the district has a great relationship with city police and expects that to continue.

The district began its own school police unit in 2014 and has been adding officers over time, with the goal of having one school police officer dedicated to each school building someday.

The district will pay the city police department about $77,000 for the school resource officer this year, about $79,000 next year, and about $81,000 the following year, according to the agreement approved by the board.

Also approved Wednesday, an agreement with the York County District Attorney's office allows the district's school police officers to carry naloxone, an antidote for heroin or other opioid drugs.

Michael Muldrow, chief of the school district police, said the officers come in contact with all parts of the community, not just students, so there's a good chance they could have reason to use naloxone.

But many students also take medications that naloxone could be used for, in the case of an overdose - whether through accident or abuse, he said.

The school officers have been trained for the use of the antidote, Muldrow said, and are all certified to carry it.

This article comes to us through a partnership between the York Daily Record and WITF.

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