Police Department adds more school resource officers
More families moving into our rapidly growing city mean more students in local schools. To help address the growth, the police department is upping its commitment to both school safety and the importance of connecting with students by adding more school resource officers (SROs) for the 2019-20 school year.
The city’s SROs are assigned to schools throughout the city in both the Adams 14 and 27J school districts, where they provide much more than a security presence. These officers play a crucial role in promoting school safety, fostering supportive relationships with local youth, and collaborating with parents and school officials. The more SROs in the police department, the more time they have to spend at their assigned schools.
The police department is welcoming two new SROs who have recently joined the force: Officer Ashley Apparito who previously served as an SRO with the Arvada Police Department, and Officer Drew Hadley who served as a Deputy in the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The two will join the five returning officers continuing their presence in local schools for the new school year.
SROs have office hours at each assigned school and are available to students as needed. If a student is unable to find their SRO, they can work with a school staff member to contact the officer or call the non-emergency police dispatch number (303-288-1535) and request to speak with an SRO. In case of an emergency, always call 911 immediately.
2019-20 Commerce City School Resource Officers:
- Officer Ashley Apparito | Adams City High School
- Officer Nick Lombardi | Adams City High School
- Officer Jennifer Kunugi | Adams City Middle School
- Officer Drew Hadley | Adams 14 Elementary Schools
- Officer Rory Coonts | Belle Creek Charter School
- Officer James Zamora | Kearney Middle School
- Officer Kayla Fender | Stuart Middle School, 27J Elementary and Charter Schools
- Sergeant Jeremy Jenkins | SRO Supervisor
Officer Jennifer Kunugi named Colorado SRO of the Year
On July 17, longtime Commerce City Officer Jennifer Kunugi was honored as the 2019 SRO of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers (CASRO). CASRO is a statewide law enforcement organization dedicated to train school resource officers, educator,s and administrators to keep our children safe and secure while at school.
An 18-year veteran of the department, Officer Kunugi has spent the last five years in the city’s youth services unit along with her roles as an advisor for the Commerce City Police Explorers (a program for youth ages 14-21), a field training officer, and many other duties within the police department.
“We are very proud of Officer Kunugi and her work with young people in this community,” said Commerce City Chief of Police Clint Nichols. "We feel that her accomplishments are certainly deserving of this statewide honor. Officer Kunugi and all our SROs are essential to not only keeping our youth safe but also establishing the relationships and trust we strive to build with the community we serve.”