The city of Hallsville and the Hallsville R-IV School District have partnered to restore the position of School Resource Officer to the school district.
The Hallsville R-V School Board approved the contract Wed. Feb.17 during their regularly scheduled meeting and Hallsville’s Board of Aldermen approved it during a special meeting held Feb. 18.
Billington is a R-IV graduate, familiar with the town and the school, Bryan Schultz, chief of the Hallsville Police Department said. “His familiarity with the town and the school buildings was one of his many pluses. Additionally, his second career choice and area of study was education, teaching, a good mix for an SRO. Another thing Brandon brings is experience working in the juvenile justice system. He will not have to be trained in juvenile law, as some of the other candidates would have needed.”
Schultz said there were 13 other candidates for the position.
The initial contract is for 14 months.
Billington has worked for HPD for 1.5 years as a reserve and part time officer. Prior to that he worked two years with the Boonville Police Department.
The contract between the district and the city, describes five aspects of Billington’s SRO duties, in this order: peace officer, instructor, advocate, investigator and planner.
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