New School Resource Officers Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: John Nalbone
Robbinsville Township
Office of Communications & Public Information
jnalbone@robbinsville.net
(609) 259-3600 Ext. 129

RPD Det. Kevin Colgan and Ptl. Melyssa Olonso Named New
School Resource Officers Effective September, 2018


ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (May 31, 2018) – Robbinsville Township Police Lieutenant Michael Polaski Tuesday formally introduced the three Robbinsville Police Department School Resource Officers (SRO) to the public at the monthly Board of Education meeting at Robbinsville High School.
 
Detective Kevin Colgan, a 23-year veteran, former D.A.R.E. instructor and a detective since 2013, has been assigned to the Pond Middle School.

Patrolwoman Melyssa Alonso, a RTPD officer since 2017 with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Child Psychology, has been assigned to Sharon School. The two new SROs will begin patrolling their respective campuses in September, 2018 and join Patrolman Edward Vincent and K9 Rigo, who are stationed at Robbinsville High.

“The world has changed in so many respects, so boosting school security on all three of our campuses was imperative,” Robbinsville Mayor and Director of Public Safety Dave Fried said. “We are more than happy to work with the school district and our great police department on this critical initiative."

Patrolman Vincent had been the sole district SRO for the past six years. He is an 18-year law enforcement veteran, the last six of which have been spent in Robbinsville. Ptl. Vincent and his K9 partner are crossed-trained in both human tracking and explosives detection.

“The recent incidents nationwide has led us to ask over and over again: “Are we doing enough … and can we do more?” Robbinsville Board of Education President Richard Young said Tuesday. “The reality is that our district has taken many strong steps - not just this year, but over the past several years - to increase the ways that our children, teachers and staff remain safe and secure. Many of these measures you’ve seen. Others we don’t talk about publicly. After the shooting at the Parkland (Fla.) in February, Dr. (Kathie) Foster and I got on the phone with Mayor Fried and said we need dedicated officers in each school. Within seconds, our Mayor committed to making that happen. With all that we’ve seen over the past few years, it’s hard to imagine operating a school in 2018 without them.”
 

-RTPD-

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