CHESHIRE — Two police officers were named as school resource officers for Cheshire High School and Dodd Middle School.
Officers Gretchen Ovesny and David Maliar, both town residents, completed training for their new role shortly before the school year. Ovesny is assigned primarily to Cheshire High School and Maliar to Dodd Middle School, although their duties will take them throughout the school district.
Former high school resource officer Sam DeCapua was promoted to sergeant this summer, leaving a vacancy.
During public forums on school safety, town residents requested more school resource officers. The Town Council decided to add a second school resource officer based at Dodd.
Ovesny began as a dispatcher with the Cheshire Police Department in 2008 and became an officer in 2011. Maliar was sworn in as an officer in 2012.
Police Lt. Michael Durkee said the two were chosen after interviews and a selection process. The officers are “great working with kids,” Durkee said, and are excited about the new roles.
A panel of education and police officials interviewed candidates and made a recommendation to Police Chief Neil Dryfe.
School Superintendent Jeff Solan said both the Board of Education and the Town Council saw the need for the positions, which were funded through the Police Department.
“I am confident that these officers will connect with our students in a positive way and that this relationship will serve to further strengthen the bond between our schools and the police department as we work together to keep our students safe,” Solan said.