In 2012 the Joplin Police Department’s five school resource officers continued serving the staff and more than 7,000 students of the Joplin R-VIII School District. The school resource officers are integrated into the school environment, offering them the ability to be attentive to needs in a timely manner. In addition, officers have built partnerships with staff and students aiding them in the ability to be more proactive.
Meet the SROs
In 2012, Officer Victor Sly served at the Joplin High School 11/12 campus at the North Park Mall while Officer Jason Barchack served the 9/10 campus at the old Memorial building. Officers Rick Hirshey and James Kelly were joined by a new addition to the team, Andrew Blair, serving in dual roles as resource officers at the three middle schools and Rise Above instructors at the elementary level.