Following the shooting at Dixon High School back in May, the idea of a resource officer on school grounds have picked up momentum in area schools. The idea that such a thing could never happen here ended on that day.
Sauk Valley College may be the next school to add a resource officer to their staff. On Monday the Board of Trustees will discuss a possible agreement with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to provide a deputy for this position.
Vice President of Sauk Valley College Dr. Steve Nunez said it made sense to many people that a resource officer is needed at the college. However, the role of the officer will be a bit different than resource officers at public schools.
Nunez said while officers at schools sometimes also council students, at SVCC they will be simply interacting with the students and doing community policing.
Sauk Valley College does have a security team at the school. Nunez said these are unarmed personnel and this will add a professional armed presence on campus.
Nunez said he did not want to speak for the trustees, but, if they approved the plan it may still be several months before a resource officer takes their post at Sauk Valley College.