EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

October 10, 2013

Timberlane to get school resource officer

Officer expected to be on the job this month

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Marsilia could not be reached for comment yesterday.

There hasn’t been an officer at the school thus far because one wasn’t available, Metzler said.

“Ideally, you don’t want to have this gap,” Metzler said. “Fortunately there is never a gap in terms of safety, as the police have always worked closely with the school district.”

In addition to the full-time officer at the high school, Savage said he is working on getting a part-time officer at the middle school.

“We want to look at it as a tandem approach,” Savage said.

Metzler said it was important to get someone into the job as soon as possible.

“They serve a much bigger role than safety and security,” he said. “They work closely with students and families who need services. We plan to use the officer in many different ways, depending on their strengths.”

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