Colonie Police Officer Anthony Sidoti has been selected as North Colonie’s School Resource Officer, a new position that was approved during the 2018-19 school budget vote. Officer Sidoti is a lifelong resident of the town of Colonie and has worked in law enforcement for six years. He is a recipient of the department’s Command Recognition Award and Life Saving Award. In addition to his patrol duties, Officer Sidoti has served the department as a field training officer, hostage negotiator and peer support team member. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hudson Valley Community College and is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University at Albany. Officer Sidoti is married and has a 10 year old son.
A committee made up of district administrators, Colonie Police Department leaders, a community representative and Board of Education representative unanimously selected Officer Sidoti from a field of candidates who were interviewed.
“Officer Sidoti demonstrated that he will be a compassionate, caring and effective individual in this position,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “He has an outstanding record with the department and is highly regarded by his supervisors. He is an excellent communicator who has exhibited passion and dedication to establishing this position in North Colonie. We are pleased to have him part of our district team.”
Officer Sidoti will be assigned to Shaker High School. While he will be a first line of defense in the case of a school emergency, he will also serve as a valuable resource for students, providing opportunities for instruction on law-related education, safety programs, and alcohol/ drug prevention. Officer Sidoti will be attending additional School Resource Officer training in Rensselaer County in July.
“The North Colonie School Resource Officer will ultimately be a service-oriented position,” said Superintendent Corr. “School safety equals public safety. An SRO is not a cure-all, but it’s a step in the right direction.”
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