ARCANUM – Starting in 2019, Arcanum-Butler Local Schools will welcome new school resource officer John Wilt.
Wilt replaces former Arcanum Police Department and school resource officer Jeramy Hyden, who left his position with the police department to pursue a different career path.
“The district wishes Officer Jeramy the best in his future endeavors,” Superintendent John Stephens said. “While at Arcanum-Butler, he helped define the new SRO position and developed positive relationships with students. Jeramy did a nice job of building a program that serves students, staff and the community. For that, we thank him.”
Officer Wilt brings a wealth of experience to the position, including 11 years as a police officer with nine of those years with the village of Arcanum. Additionally, Wilt has worked 15 years as a firefighter/EMT and served 20 years in the Army, both active duty and currently in the Ohio National Guard based out of Lebanon. Wilt has had opportunities to work as an instructor and provide lessons, which is a key to being a school resource officer.
As Arcanum-Butler’s school resource office, Wilt will be in full uniform and will be equipped with a patrol vehicle while on duty. He will be on duty from the time that middle and high school students arrive until after the dismissal of the elementary students throughout the school year.
As a school resource office, he will serve as a law enforcement officer, law related counselor, law related educator and a positive role model. Wilt will assist the district in coordinating emergency operations planning, assist in monitoring school safety measures and will work with administration to provide educational programming through visits in the classroom.
Officer Wilt expressed his thoughts on the opportunity.
“I am excited to be a part of the SRO program and look forward to partnering with the school staff not only for the safety and security of staff and students but also the opportunity to interact with and educate the students on issues faced in schools today,” he said.