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Grateful for our PROs

In July, Weirton’s city manager announced a planned restructuring of the city’s police department. Among those plans was the removal of city police officers serving as prevention resource officers at Weir High School and Weir Middle School.

During Monday’s council meeting, the city manager announced those officers would remain in the schools, citing the importance of the program as well as discussions with Hancock County officials.

We applaud this reversal and agree this program is valuable to our community.

As with any change in our law enforcement and fire services, the main concern is the safety of the people. That includes a community’s youngest citizens, and when school is in session it is reassuring to know a trained and ready police officer is on hand to respond if a situation arises — especially those situations where every second counts.

In addition, they provide another avenue for students who may be experiencing bullying, have concerns about other students, teachers or their home life, or simply be in need of advice. A good PRO creates a point of trust many of our youth need in today’s world.

We are fortunate to have these officers in many of our local schools and glad that will remain the case in Weirton.

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