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February 19, 2014

Neosho City Manager removes police officer from school duty

NEOSHO, Mo. — The city of Neosho is removing its police officer from Neosho Schools, City Manager Troy Royer told the Neosho City Council on Tuesday.

Royer said the officer, referred to as a school resource officer, was not receiving information about suspected crimes from the staff and administration at Neosho High School. He said the officer was moved out of space at the high school to the administration building by school officials.

The city paid for half of the officer’s salary under the agreement, with the school district paying the other half. Royer said the city would take over the full pay for the officer as a city police officer.

Superintendent Dan Decker called the situation “unfortunate” and said he hoped for a reconciliation with the city.

“Since the time I’ve been here, we’ve tried to work together with the city to arrive at a compromise,” Decker said. “At the district right now, we’re looking at what other avenues are available to us for full-time law enforcement in the schools.”

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