Sharing a School Resource Officer Position
Amherst Central School District welcomed Amherst Police Officer Trey Johnson to his new role as School Resource Officer on Jan. 23.
While the position will be based at Amherst Central High School, Officer Johnson will interact district-wide with school administrators, faculty, the student body and outside community. As a 15-year veteran of the Amherst Police Department, he’s ideally suited to an educational setting. As a field training officer for the past nine years, he trained numerous recruits through classroom and scenario-based instruction. He has also taught blocks on instruction for the Citizens Police Academy and the Crime Scene School. For the past five years he has served as the School Liaison Officer for Forest Elementary in the Williamsville Central School District.
During his time as a police officer, he earned five awards for meritorious service and an Amherst Police Department Officer of the Year award. He was an Amherst Bee Officer of the Year award runner up.
Officer Johnson is a lifelong resident of the town of Amherst. He earned two bachelor degrees in fire science and certificates in fire prevention and hazardous materials from the Univeristy of New Haven. He was a certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI) for 10 years. Prior to working as police officer, he worked as a professional fire and arson investigator. He's also worked as a public safety dispatcher for the APD. As a 26-year member of the Swormville Fire Company, he served as a fire lieutenant and EMS lieutenant for the fire company.
The school-town partnership builds upon the existing ACSD-APD School Liaison Officer program for some time. Previously, the district had not been able to add a SRO due to the cost of a full-time officer. Now, the Town of Amherst has prioritized safety in our schools and agreed to fund a majority of the expense via a shared service agreement. This new collaboration keeps the existing School Liaison Officer program in place and adds the SRO position.
There is no additional cost to the district for the SRO; funds previously budgeted have been reallocated to cover the district's share of the agreement. The district's share of funding for the SRO position will remain fixed and be revisited annually.