Jay Durgin is the new SRO officer at Traip

DurginThe Kittery School Department and the Kittery Police Department are pleased to announce the selection of Officer Jay Durgin as the new School Resource Officer for the Town of Kittery. Officer Durgin will be replacing Officer Horning as she has indicated a desire to return back to fulltime patrol according to Chief Theodor Short.

Short said that Officer Horning did an outstanding job as the SRO and has paved the way for Officer Durgin to succeed when he takes over at the beginning of the new school year.

Officer Durgin, who began his career in Sanford, Maine, has been employed by the Kittery Police Department for over 15 years. Durgin is a graduate of Traip Academy and a resident of Kittery. He also serves as a Canine Officer.

“Our first year in this program has been a success”, said Short, “and Jay is going to be a great asset to the school and the community as a whole. When school is not in session Jay will be working on community relations. He will serve as the liaison between the police department and the community in this new assignment.”

“The partnership between the school and the police department has enhanced safety and opened a strong line of communications between the two departments. This is an invaluable program and the Kittery Police Department is honored to be a part of it”, according to Short.

“ The Kittery School Department is very pleased with the work of Officer Horning over the past year and appreciates her efforts to establish the SRO program in Kittery. We  are looking forward to building on this excellent foundation and are confident that Officer Jay Durgin is the best individual to enhance our continuing effort to provide a safe and secure environment for teaching and learning”,stated Superintendent Allyn Hutton.

RachaelOfficer Horning will complete this school year before she passes the torch to Officer Durgin, who will be attending School Resource Officer training in April.