‘School Resource Officer Summit’ focuses on combating internet threats

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The Westchester County District Attorney's Office held the first ever School Resource Officer Summit Thursday in an effort to help combat threats on social media.

The conference was held at the Westchester Intelligence Center's White Plains office and brought together more than two-dozen officers from different departments.

Last June, a threat on SnapChat to shoot up a New Rochelle High School prompted a stepped-up police presence. Like dozens of other similar cases, that threat turned out to be a hoax.

According to officials, the goal of the summit was to start the process of building a school safety network that connects more than 40 school districts and law enforcement agencies in Westchester.

They say once the network is operating, the intelligence center becomes an invaluable resource for information sharing.

"It's nice to have a group of people that we can reach out to and make some phone calls to run things across," says Larchmont Detective Lisa Pompilio – a resource officer for the Chatsworth Avenue School, which is part of the Mamaroneck School District.

The Westchester County Police Department has recently added new resource officers to Lakeland, Somers and the Hendrick Hudson school districts.

Officials say the plan to hold school resource officers summits four or five times a year.

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