Officer Clay Fahringer has begun service as the District's first School Police Officer after his nomination was reviewed and approved by the Columbia County Court of Common Pleas. The School Police Officer position, created through a successful Safe Schools Grant application, will add another tier of security designed to keep Southern Columbia Area students and staff safe. In its search for an officer, the District was looking for a person who not only demonstrated knowledge of the law and police procedures but who was perceived as being a good role model and possessing a willingness to work with young people. Officer Fahringer brings these traits to Southern Columbia Area.
 
Officer Fahringer is a 1977 graduate of Southern Columbia Area. He began his career in law enforcement in 1983 as a Locust Township Police Officer, becoming Chief of Police in 1985. He left Locust Township for Mahoning Township in 1997 and retired from that department in October 2013, achieving the rank of Corporal.  Officer Fahringer stated he looks forward to serving SCA and preserving the quality of life within the school community.
 
The following are the primary responsibilities of SCA's School Police Officer position:
 
1. Provide diligent patrol to District schools and property in order to deter crimes against students, staff or property.
2. Enforce Pennsylvania Crime Codes
3. Monitor traffic and parking on and around District property.
4. Provide supervision of student behavior, including loading and unloading of school buses, and assist staff with enforcement of school rules and related safety tasks.
5. Respond to emergencies at District buildings or on school buses.
6. Assist the building principals in resolving problems that are not necessarily law violations, such as bullying or disorderly behavior, but which are nonetheless safety issues that can result in or contribute to criminal incidents.
7. Prepare necessary disciplinary referrals, report and logs.
8. Act as liaison between the District, local communities and local law enforcement agencies.
9. Conduct investigations of residency and truancy cases; prepare related truancy citations as required.
10. Serve as an instructor of law enforcement-related education when requested. Educate students in the role of police officers, and subjects such as crime prevention, substance abuse and driver safety.
11. Lead in-service trainings, educate staff about crime and justice issues, and provide training on crisis prevention and intervention.
 
 

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