School Resource

Pfc. Chris Fraley
K-9 Ralf
C201
Pfc. Jeremy Hedrick
We are fortunate to have a safe school system in Allegany County where students and faculty can concentrate on education. Within the city, there are:
  • 2 Middle Schools:
    • Braddock
    • Washington
  • 2 Public High Schools:
    • Allegany
    • Fort Hill
  • 3 Elementary Schools:
    • John Humbird
    • South Penn
    • West Side
There are also two private schools, Bishop Walsh and Lighthouse Christian Academy.

Prioritization


A priority of the Cumberland Police Department is visible patrols in the city schools. CPD officers also maintain school crossings for elementary students at heavily-traveled intersections.

School Resource Officers


Since 2001 the department has participated in the School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  PFC Christopher Fraley and PFC Jeremy Hedrick are nationally-certified School Resource Officers.  These officers, along with Sgt. Andrew Tichnell are also certified D.A.R.E. instructors. All three officers have an excellent working relationship with both students and administration, often being called upon to provide instruction and training to students on safety, career choices and drug awareness. SRO’s frequently provide professional development training to school administrators and staff as well as awareness instruction for parents and civic groups.

K-9 Ralf and PFC Hedrick continue to work in each of the schools as a proactive effort to discourage drugs from being brought to school. K-9 Ralf is trained in narcotics detection and accompanies PFC Hedrick in his duties at the various schools. K-9 Ralf is able to detect controlled dangerous substances inside the facilities as well as the parking lots. This has been a great partnership between the Board of Education and the Cumberland Police Department to keep our schools drug free.

The School Resource Officers continue to support the School Safety Patrols in all three elementary schools. The program continues to be an asset to students, teachers and School Resource Officers. The interest by students to participate in this program has increased significantly over the years and is one of the most sought after positions by eligible students.