Introducing School Resource Officer Jose Montes

Posted on September 8, 2017, in Events, Lancer Life

General McLane has a new sheriff in town — literally!

Mr. Jose Montes is the District’s new School Resource Officer.

Montes began his career in Law Enforcement after attending a Correctional Officer Training Academy in Tucson, AZ. After graduating from the Academy, he was stationed at a State Correctional Facility outside of Phoenix. Shortly later, he traded in the weather and started working with the Erie County Prison as a Correctional Officer and then the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Since 2014, Montes has served in a variety of roles within the Sheriff’s Office and now serves as School Resource Officer for General McLane School District.

“Working at General McLane and being surrounded by young minds and personalities is a way that I see I can be most helpful and resourceful,” Montes said. “I feel that I could make a more positive impact on the community through the safety, education, and guidance of our youth.”

The California native has lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Arizona and New York. One of his passions is his love for cooking and food.

Montes replaces Paul Hagerty, who retired this summer. Montes is one of five Deputy Sheriffs who work full-time as a School Resource Officer through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. The other districts that participate in this program are Harbor Creek, Northwestern, North East, and Fairview School Districts.

School Resource Officers work toward educating students in the safest possible environment and also ensures a first responder to emergencies. The Deputy Sheriff, as a School Resource Officer, is involved in Parent and Student Organizations, attends sporting events at the school, and presents many Law Enforcement Education and Diversion programs, including the Officer Phil Program in the elementary levels throughout the County of Erie.

General McLane welcomes Mr. Montes to the District!