Helena Public Schools, police reach SRO agreement

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Helena Public Schools during its Monday evening meeting to provide four Helena police officers as school resource officers through Aug. 1, 2025.

Per the memorandum, the city will foot half the bill, $166,000 per school year, while the school district will cover the other half and up to an additional $6,000 per school year for SRO training.

“I do believe that it is true partnership that we have and not only in support of this (memorandum of understanding), but also moving forward in a relationship,” Helena Public Schools Superintendent Rex Weltz told the city commissioners.

It represents the first update to the memorandum since 2013, and Weltz said the two biggest changes were a more thorough explanation of SRO duties and insurance.

Helena Police Chief Brett Petty said since the program’s inception in the late ’90s, a formal agreement between the two entities had never been put in place.

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