WELCOME — Pictured is new Frontier Central Schools School Resource Officer Dennis Horrigan. Photo submitted by Susan Melski.
HAMBURG — The Frontier Central School District has welcomed Officer Dennis Horrigan as its new school resource officer, a program that has been implanted since 2006.
Horrigan began his new position in August, when Officer Alan Schum retired.
Horrigan is not only a police officer, he is a Frontier graduate. He said that he is very proud to come full circle and be back at Frontier High School, in a law enforcement capacity.
His qualifications for the position entailed training at Monroe Community College in Rochester.
Horrigan has been a member of the Hamburg Police Department for 12 years and is a member of the Hamburg SWAT Team. Before becoming a police officer, he served for two years as a New York state corrections officer.
When he’s not interacting with students and staff members, he is spending time with his 6-year-old son Gavin and coaching Little Loop football for the town of Hamburg.
Horrigan said that he wanted to become Frontier’s new SRO because of how “excited he is to help kids realize their potential and the vast opportunities available, along with curtailing bullying.”
He credited high school Principal Jeff Sortisio as being his biggest supporter.
The responsibilities required of a SRO are diverse, and include cultivating people skills, developing rapport with students, dealing with alcohol and drug issues and more.
In addition, the SRO is asked to be available to provide presentations about law enforcement topics, assist in resolving and preventing student conflict and establishing positive relationships between administrators, staff members and students in all six schools in the district.