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Palmyra School District loses school resource officer

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The Palmyra Police Department will not have a school resource officer for the fall semester. The Palmyra Police Department will not have a school resource officer for the fall semester.
School is beginning soon in the Palmyra School District. School is beginning soon in the Palmyra School District.
Buatte said he's noticed positive outcomes from the program. Buatte said he's noticed positive outcomes from the program.
Chief Eddie Bogue said his department is hoping to get a new school resource officer for the Spring semester. Chief Eddie Bogue said his department is hoping to get a new school resource officer for the Spring semester.
Superintendent Kirt Malone spoke about how officers serve many roles in the program. Superintendent Kirt Malone spoke about how officers serve many roles in the program.
PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

The Palmyra School District is close to starting the school year, but when students return, they won't see a familiar face.

Police Chief Eddie Bogue said on Thursday that the Palmyra Department is pulling the school resource officer out of the hallways, and reassigning him to the streets.

"We're looking to kind of recycle that position, and kind of have a fresh face out to do this position for the upcoming school years," Bogue said.

Josh Buatte is a history teacher at Palmyra High School. He's in his second year, and said he's witnessed the positive relationship between officers and students grow through the school resource officer program. 

"They're on a friendly basis, and they view officers more as a friend and somebody they can call on to help for the rest of their lives." Buatte said.

Superintendent Kirt Malone said the position goes beyond just law enforcement. The officer also has served as a confidant to students, a friend, and a mentor.

"One of the most important parts of a school resource officer program is to have that officer become part of the fabric of the school community, and then allow students to see him as a person." Malone said.

Buatte agreed. At a time where community and police relations are frequently discussed, he thinks having that officer around helps ease the minds of many people.

"I think it helps the community feel safer." Buatte said. Somewhere for people to send their kinds, and know that they're going to be in a safe environment with the teachers and having an officer."

Chief Bogue added that the department hopes to assign a new school resource officer by the start of the spring semester.

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