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  • Detective Joseph Perna

    School Resource Officer

    • Ipswich High School

    • Ipswich Middle School

    • Paul F. Doyon Elementary School

    • Winthrop Elementary School 

    Email jperna@ipsk12.net

    Phone: 978-356-3137, ext. 2250


    About the Program

    The School Resource Officer (SRO) Program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a certified law enforcement officer within the educational environment on several different levels. This partnership between the school district and local law enforcement agency allows the SRO to work closely with the school administration to provide a safe learning environment, law related education, and the expertise of a trained law enforcement officer on campus.
    The SRO acts as a mentor to the students. His door is always open for them to come in with any questions or concerns that they may have. The SRO also lectures in classes about drugs, alcohol, teen dating violence, and legal issues.

    The SRO acts as a liaison between the schools and Police Department, keeping communication between the 2 open. The SRO also investigates the criminal incidents that occur on school property.

    Detective Perna
    Detective Perna currently holds the SRO position. Officer Perna started as the SRO at the beginning of the 2015 school year. Detective Perna has attended/received the following trainings, certifications and memberships:

    • National School Resource Officer Association (NASRO), Member
    • Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association (MJPOA), Member
    • District Attorney’s Community Collaborative Initiative, Member
    • Ipswich Aware, Member
    • Child Passenger Safety Technician
    • Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    • FEMA Emergency Planning for Schools