Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, center, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the Central Consolidated School District for the School Resource Program on Monday, August 26. From left to right, Superintendent Terrian Benn, Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Francis Yazzie III, CCSD Director of Operations Candice Thompson, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, Board of Education President Charlie T. Jones, Jr., and Board Member Adam J. Begaye.
The Navajo Police Department and the Central Consolidated School District have signed a memorandum of agreement to assign two full-time school resource officers in our schools. The agreement is the first of its kind between the Navajo Nation and a school district.
The primary goal of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program is to reduce the incidences of crime, promote a better understanding of the law enforcement officer’s role, and to create a better learning community through positive role models in an educational system.
The agreement details that school resource officers will be assigned to Newcomb High School and Shiprock High School. Each will work with school administrators to provide a secure learning environment for students and staff.
"Having school resource officers on campus is a great opportunity for our officers to make a positive impact by providing crime prevention education to students, families and school faculty," said Phillip Francisco, Navajo Nation Police Chief. "We look forward to this partnership and want to thank everyone who worked collectively to get this agreement in place."
“This has been a two-year labor of love that will provide a safer learning environment in our schools on Navajo Nation soil, as well as a closer relationship with the Navajo Nation. This agreement will ensure school safety, which is one of the district’s main priorities. Our students will benefit greatly from the presence of law enforcement, and will feel secure during class and school activities,” said Terrian Benn, Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District.
The agreement, signed on August 6, will remain in effect until May 2020.