School Resource Officers


A School Resource Officer is housed at each of the nine school buildings in the Lima City Schools. The officers are sworn members of the Lima Police Department Auxiliary Unit, but employees of the school district.


While officers are here to help protect students and staff, security is only part of the important role they play in our district. Officers spend a great deal of time interacting with students and developing programs to promote positive behavior and decision making. They also work to foster relationships between students and law enforcement.


In 2018, the district announced a new K9 program. There are currently six dogs living and working with district Resource Officers.


The K9s are trained police dogs that are able to sniff out narcotics and gun powder, but they are not trained in aggression and are largely used as therapy and support dogs for students.


The School Resource Officers are overseen by Director of Safety and Security Nate Garlock. He can be reached at 419-996-3245 or at 


Below are the district’s current officers. Get to know more about each officer and their K9 on their school page, located under the “Schools” tab.


Lima Senior High School: Scott Jones

West Middle School: Amanda Leugers & Brittany Keith

North Middle School: Robert Hammell

Liberty Arts Magnet: Paula Strickler

South Science and Technology Magnet: Nate Garlock

Freedom Elementary School: Amanda Leugers

Heritage Elementary School: Gaige Hennon

Independence Elementary School: John Dunham

Unity Elementary School: Brittany Keith