Contact: Chief Jody D. Kasper FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
School Resource Officer Returning to Northampton HS
Officer Joshua Wallace is NPD’s new SRO
NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (July 30, 2015)- The Northampton Police Department has been awarded a grant in the amount of $98,724.50 from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, offered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research (OGR). This grant is to support the return of a School Resource Officer (SRO) to the Northampton High School. Funds will be used to cover the salary and benefits associated with the position.
Working jointly with school administrators, Officer Joshua Wallace was selected as NPD’s new SRO. Officer Wallace joined the Northampton Police Department in 2008 and had been working as a patrol officer before being selected for this position. He is a trained Crisis Intervention Team member and, as such, is specially trained to handle calls that involve individuals who have mental illness or who are in emotional distress. He also proposed, researched, and coordinates the department’s Cruiser Care Pack Program. This program ensures that each cruiser is stocked with toys and crayons so that officers on certain calls can provide these items to children who have witnessed or experienced trauma. He has a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State College.
The SRO position has been vacant since 2013 when former SRO, Francis Henderson, transitioned back to the patrol force.
Officer Wallace has spent the summertime attending trainings and updating and reviewing policies in preparation for this new assignment. He will begin working inside the schools during the last week of August when he will meet with administrators and school staff. He will primarily be assigned to NHS, but will be available as a resource for other schools in Northampton as well.