The Allegheny Valley School Board approved the hiring of a School Police Officer (SPO) at their February 13, 2017 meeting. Officer Thomas Downing,
a retired police officer from Findlay Township, will begin work on February 22, 2017. In accordance with state law, the District will now petition
the Court of Common Pleas for an ORI (originating agency identifier) number that will allow the officer to have access to law enforcement databases
and write citations.
With concern in today’s society surrounding dangerous incidents, the addition of a SPO is an integral part of an Emergency Plan. Officer Downing
will operate in all buildings. His primary focus will be safety, with a secondary objective to build relationships with students, staff,
and the community. The goal continues to be to strengthen the District’s Emergency Plan and make the school environment as safe as possible.
The School Police Officer position will include safety, enforcing school district rules, presenting safety programs to students, investigating
residency and truancy issues, coordinating security at events and programs, and promoting positive relationships with law enforcement.
The SPO will work to strengthen relationships with local law enforcement and other agencies to best support the District.
A plan to introduce Officer Downing to the students, staff, and community is being developed. It is our hope that he will become an integral
part of the Allegheny Valley School District.