Searcy School District is fortunate to have a partnership with the Searcy Police Department who provides School Resource Officers for our campuses. We know these officers are always working to help keep our students safe. For anyone who may visit Searcy High School, though, he/she will notice an additional law enforcement vehicle parked on the campus.
Special Agent Mike McNeill of the Arkansas State Police has moved his office to Searcy High School. A certified law enforcement officer since 1998 and Arkansas State Police officer since 2005, Special Agent McNeill had an idea following the Parkland, FL shooting last February. Because he can essentially work from anywhere, McNeill thought it would be beneficial to move his office from the White County Sheriff’s Department to the Searcy High School to serve as an additional security presence. His position with the Arkansas State Police covers a wide range of investigative duties which include but are not limited to officer involved shootings, death investigations, cyber crimes and embezzlement.
While he isn’t trained as a school resource officer and doesn’t have a large amount of interaction with the students, he believes in the event that something were to happen, Searcy High School would have (in his words) one more “good guy” on site. Gene Hodges, principal at Searcy High School, was pleased to receive the offer from McNeill. “It’s a great partnership with the Arkansas State Police,” says Hodges. “We want our community to know that we welcome our law enforcement agencies into our school. This is an added safety presence, and we are grateful to Special Agent McNeill and the Arkansas State Police for working to make this happen.”
Of course, Special Agent McNeill is no stranger to SHS as his wife, Kelli, teaches biology in the building, one son is an SHS graduate, and his other son currently attends school there. McNeill is an advocate for providing assistance to the schools, and we at Searcy Public Schools are happy to have the new face on the Searcy High School campus.