School Resource Officer

Alvirne High School is a comprehensive public high school, grades 9-12, with an enrollment of 1550 students. After discussing and planning, the police department and the school community developed a proposal to fund and implement a School Resource Officer at the high school. In September of 1997, Paul Balukonis, a Master Patrolman with the Hudson Police Department, and former D.A.R.E. Officer, became the first Police member of the faculty.

Currently, Officer John Mirabella performs this important role at Alvirne High School, Officer Jason Downey at Memorial Junior High School and Officer Cassandra Avery at the elementary schools. The School Resource Officer's emphasis is placed on "prevention not punishment".

They have three primary roles:

  1. Law Enforcement: promote and maintain a safe and drug free environment
  2. Education: the officer is frequently involved in the school curriculum focusing on such topics as the effects of drugs in the body, search and seizure and current events.
  3. Counseling: the school resource officer is at school to answer student's questions and help them with some of their concerns.