Police Chief Wayne Jerman provides collaborative input on pending SRO agreement

The Cedar Rapids Community School District’s (CRCSD) Superintendent Noreen Bush, in collaboration with the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s (CRPD) Police Chief Wayne Jerman, shares commentary on the upcoming June 13, 2022, school board vote on a School Resource Officer (SRO) agreement.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, CRCSD administrators will provide all CRCSD board-requested data and the SRO contract for the upcoming school year via the CRCSD public board agenda. With a focus on continuous improvement, a collaborative effort to analyze data and define students’ needs was conducted by CRCSD and CRPD. The result is a proposed agreement that will be presented to the CRCSD board of directors on June 13, 2022.

“As the end of the recent school year brought much joy for the accomplishments achieved in yet another challenging pandemic year, it also brought heartache with the school mass shooting in Texas,” said Superintendent Bush. “As with all school districts across the country, safety and the well-being of students are top priorities. CRCSD acknowledges the prevalent need to adhere to all existing security measures and training practices.”

The SRO agreement has been scheduled for a June 13, 2022, CRCSD board of directors’ vote for several months and will remain on the board agenda for this date.

“The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been engaged in ongoing conversations with the Cedar Rapids Community School District with respect to the SRO program,” said Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman. “We are looking forward to continuing and enhancing this very important program to keep our children and schools safe.”