Resource officer removal discussed

WARREN — Warren Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro met with a Warren police union official Friday to discuss an incident Tuesday at Jefferson PK-8 School that resulted in the removal of the school’s resource officer.

While neither side would comment on the details of the discussion, both patrolman Michael Stabile, a co-director of Warren’s chapter of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Blue unit and Chiaro said they were pleased they were able to meet.

“The discussion at our meeting today with the police union officials went well,” Chiaro said. “I believe we are working together in a positive direction to achieve a common goal.”

Stabile agreed, but added the union still plans to attend the next Warren Board of Education meeting Jan. 28.

The OPBA plans to ask the school board to fully investigate the issues surrounding school resource officer Adam Chinchic being escorted off the school complex.

When contacted by the Tribune Chronicle, school board members Robert Faulkner and Andre Coleman declined to comment.

Chinchic was escorted off the school property shortly after he gave K-2 pod principal Carrie Boyer a ticket for parking in an area reserved for people with handicaps.

The SRO, according to union officials, warned Boyer on at least two occasions that parking in the striped area next to the handicapped parking spaces was illegal.

After the first warning, just before the district’s Christmas holiday break, Boyer said she had been parking in the area for several years and then moved the vehicle, according to a police report. When school resumed in January, Boyer parked in the same area and, once again, was warned.

After being seen parking in the area for a third time, Chinchic placed a ticket on the vehicle. Within a half hour, two district employees told Chinchic he had to leave the school property, which they said was a directive issued by Chiaro.

Chinchic, who has been a school resource officer for two years, has not returned to the school since the incident. He has been returned to patrol, Stabile said.

Both Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa expressed their full support of the officer and his actions at the school.

“He is a police officer and required to follow the law,” Cantalamessa said. “As with any other officer, if he sees someone doing anything illegal he must act on it.”

Chinchic is one of five school resource officers contracted by the school district from the Warren Police Department. The school district contracts with the city to supply officers to work at the schools during school hours during the nine-month school year.

Officers are in the school buildings to both provide security and to be a liaison between the students and the city’s safety forces.

“We already were in negotiations for next year’s contract when this happened,” Cantalamessa said. “We do not expect this to impact that contract. We will have SROs in the schools.”

“The district, in fact, is looking to add two additional officers and is hopeful they can be working when the school year begins,” Cantalamessa said. “We have the manpower, but we are concerned about getting them trained.”

The city will be paid $57,000 per resource officer.