Officer Thompson Named SRO at Cassville R-IV
In partnership with the City of Cassville Police Department (CPD), the Cassville School District welcomes Officer Zack Thompson as the Cassville R-IV School Resource Officer(SRO).
As the SRO, Thompson’s primary goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of the student body along with promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. He will spend time at all four campuses across the district, serving as a resource to students and faculty, patrolling parking lots and hallways, coordinating traffic control at the junction of Y Highway and Highway 37 and monitoring the cross-walk at the intersection of Main Street and 14th Street.
The SRO is also available to assist in the case of a medical emergency and will serve as security during sporting events that take place on campus.
“When the SRO position became available in the spring, Officer Thompson spent some time researching the job,” said City of Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr. “He came to me and said he would love the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Thompson is a Cassville native and has worked with the CPD for nearly two years, however, he has been in law enforcement for almost three years. Before his employment at CPD, he worked for the City of Branson Police Department.
“Student and staff safety is a top priority and our partnership with the City of Cassville to support our safety goals is very important,” stated Dr. Richard Asbill, Cassville R-IV Superintendent. “We appreciate Officer Thompson and his efforts to keep our school safe and build relationships with our students.”
In addition to coordinating the DARE program for sixth grade students, Thompson will be involved in the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at the high school and the Youth Advisory Board.
He will attend the Missouri School Resource Officer training in Jefferson City this October. The training is 40 hours and is provided by the Missouri Police Chief’s Association. Thompson also has plans to attend the DARE program training in September.
The SRO on duty is on campus Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling Cassville High School at 417.847.3137.
“He seems to be a great fit for our students and school staff. He does a great job interacting and working with students of all ages,” said Kammehlor.