"I've always felt we should do more for the kids," said Golletti, who once worked as a substitute teacher. The presence of troopers in Central Daquphin High School reduced juvenile crime 30 percent in the first year, he said.
Sgt. Gary Carter, the Criminal Investigation Unit supervisor at the Chambersburg barracks said four to six troopers could provide coverage for the school district.
"We're not looking to take anything from anyone," Carter said, referring to the Chambersburg police department. State police would augment augment the current program, he said.
Troopers, could reduce juvenile crime by their uniformed presence inside schools and deter crime by the presence of marked cruisers outside schools, Golletti said. Troopers could also teach students about drugs and bicycle and driving safety and counsel those who are at risk of crossing over to criminal behavior, he said.
Because troopers would volunteer to work overtime, it would not pull them off of regular patrols and investigations, Carter said. The cost would be $42 to $50 an hour for a trooper, according to a summary provided by the district.
Eric Michael, Chambersburg Area School District assistant superintendent, said he would present the board with staffing scenarios and cost estimates at a future meeting.
Troopers occasionally show up at elementary schools to meet with administrators, teachers and students, often prompting phone calls and e-mails from parents wondering why police are at the schools, Carter said. However, Hill said he receives e-mails from the schools thanking state police for making their presence known through those visits.
"You would have these troopers for set hours," Carter said, Scheduling would be decided between the police and the district, he said.