School Resource Officer

Mission Statement

The School Resource Officer Program is a collaborative effort by police agencies, certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer law related educational programs in the schools in an effort to reduce crime, drug abuse, violence, and provide a safe school environment for all of our children.

School Resource Officer (SRO)

The SRO's primary role is to function as a problem solver and liaison between the community, educators, and law enforcement/public safety specialist. Through these efforts the SRO has been able to effectively decrease the volume of reported criminal activity in the school community while increasing the level of positive interaction between the police department and the student population.

Originally funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the financial cost of the program is currently shared between the Williamsport Bureau of Police and the Williamsport Area School District.

The officer currently assigned to the School Resource Position is Officer Benjamin Hitesman.  Officer Hitesman was hired as a Patrolman by the Williamsport Bureau of Police on November 27th 2015.  Officer Hitesman has completed the 40 hours School Resource Officer training provided by NASRO ( National Association School Resource Officers). 

Contact Officer Hitesman at 323-8411 Ext. 60603, by e-mail at or


Williamsport Area High School 2990 West Fourth St Williamsport, PA            


Contact Numbers for Williamsport Area High School


Williamsport Area High School Main Office

   570.323.8411  Ext. 60500
Head Principal Brandon Pardoe - 12th Grade Principal    570.323.8411  Ext. 60510
Principal Jeffrey Robbins - 11th Grade Principal    570.323.8411  Ext. 60515
Principal Kristin Takach - 10th Grade Principal    570.323.8411  Ext. 60512
Principal Roger Freed - 9th Grade Principal     570.323.8411  Ext. 60511
Director Matthew Fisher - Vocational/C.T.E. Director     570.323.8411  Ext. 60509
Williamsport Area School District Service Center     570.327.5500