Greenwich High gets a second school resource officer
GREENWICH — Police Officer Fred Reisch, a three-year veteran of the Greenwich Police Department, will join Greenwich High School on Wednesday as its second school resource officer.
Town officials announced in August that the high school would gain a second SRO, a decision that was made after the department saw the benefits of having two while the school’s first SRO, Carlos Franco, trained his replacement, Hayes Sgaglio, at the end of the last school year.
Police Lt. John Slusarz said the police department and the school board had been in discussions for months about assigning another officer to the school district. He said it was a good allocation of resources.
“There are a lot of benefits to a second officer in a town with a school population of this size,” he said.
“Having two of them allows them to cover more ground,” he said. “And they can attend training without leaving the position open.”
The officers handle law-enforcement issues in the school community, but their roles are “multifaceted,” Slusarz said. The officers are educators and role models, and they have advanced knowledge about social services for young people and their families. The officers are particularly good at outreach and communications, as well, the lieutenant said.
Reisch graduated from Plymouth State University, where he studied criminal justice. He also has experience as a mental health worker and an applied behavior analysis therapist.
Franco stepped down this summer after 11 years in the role at Greenwich High. His replacement, Sgaglio, has experience working with students. When she joined the force, Sgaglio advised the Police Explorers, an after-school program for high schoolers, meeting with the members regularly to show what officers do and teaching courses. She began training last January and took over in the post at the start of this school year.
Reisch starts on Wednesday, fulfilling the department’s goal set in August of having the second officer in place by January so he can be fully trained by the end of June 2019.