Hannibal school board approves third resource officer with HPD
The Hannibal Public School board said yes Wednesday night to extra security for students. The decision to approve a third resource officer was made at the district's school board meeting.
As of July 17th, the district had one officer for the high school and a second officer for Hannibal Middle School. Now, a third officer will act as a floater between locations as needed.
The addition also allows for one officer to be promoted to Sergeant who would oversee the other two officers.
Police Chief Lyndell Davis says the Parkland School shooting earlier this year sparked discussion about increasing security.
"You have a limited number of resources but I felt the security of the children and the school district were paramount over other things so we've made that commitment," Davis said.
Superintendent Susan Johnson told KHQA the school district is thankful for the addition.
"It's very rare to find a school district or a community the size of Hannibal that has not one, not two but three school resource officers," Johnson explained. "I think that really says a lot about our city council, it says a lot about our mayor it says a lot about our police department, and just our community in general."
Hannibal Public Schools and the Hannibal Police Department will split the new officer's base salary.
School officials say the officer will be at Hannibal schools the first day of school this fall.