The Town of Kennebunkport, RSU 21, and the Kennebunkport Police Department are pleased to announce two new School Resource Officers (SROs) Ashley Sargent will serve at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Jason Hafner will serve at Mildred L. Day School. Patrol Officer Sargent has been with the Kennebunkport Police Department for five years. Patrol Officer Hafner has been with the Kennebunkport Police Department for eleven years. Both are excited to develop this new role, connect with students, staff, and families, and enhance school safety initiatives.
Following an affirmative vote by the Kennebunkport Selectmen on May 24th, the Kennebunkport Police Department posted these positions as anticipated internal openings. An interview team comprised of school administrators, town and police department officials, and an existing School Resource Officer interviewed four candidates. On July 12th, finalists Sargent and Hofner met with Chief Craig Sanford and Superintendent Katie Hawes for a second interview and were offered the positions.
RSU 21 voters supported a school budget that included 75% of the cost for four additional SROs, one for each elementary school. With the intention of using these SROs during the summers and vacation weeks in place of hiring reserve officers, the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Selectmen each voted to support 25% of the cost in the 2020 budget development process. On May 14th, the Arundel Selectmen voted for Kennebunkport to provide an SRO for Mildred L. Day School. Both Kennebunk and Kennebunkport officers hold statewide jurisdiction and a Memorandum of Understanding is being developed to support the SRO role at Mildred L. Day.
These two new SROs will join Nate Jones, Kennebunkport SRO serving the Middle School of the Kennebunks and Mark Carney, Kennebunk SRO serving Kennebunk High School, Audra Higgins serving Kennebunk Elementary School and Jason McClure serving Sea Road School. The team will attend a National School Resource Officer Training this summer in Oakland, Maine. They will meet regularly to develop cohesive and aligned services in our schools.