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School Resource Officer

Gina Bertelli, SRO

Officer Bertelli joined the Hamilton-Wenham staff in December 2022 but began her public safety journey working campus safety at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2012, Gina joined the US Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer and served until 2020, deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bertelli joined Hamilton PD in 2015 as a part-time Officer. Then, she accepted a full-time position with Merrimac PD in 2017. Three years later, in 2020, the opportunity arose for Bertelli to transfer back to Hamilton as a full-time member of the HPD. In late 2022, Gina became a certified School Resource Officer through NASRO. Officer Bertelli holds many certifications, including being a RAD instructor teaching women self-defense techniques.

Bertelli holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Merrimack College and was a scholarship athlete on the softball team. Officer Bertelli continued her education at the American Military University, earning a master’s in environmental management. 

Gina enjoys being outdoors at the beach, lakes, and mountains in her spare time. She plays hockey, skis, mountain bikes, and paddleboards and loves spending time with her two cats, Helen and Radar.



School Resource Officer's Duties

We are fortunate to benefit from having a School Resource Officer (SRO) in our schools. When given the opportunity, proper training, and support, SROs become important members of our school communities. School Resource Officers often become trusted mentors, role models for students and support for staff. The table below clearly outlines what an SRO is and is not.

School Resource Officer will be seen in and around our schools throughout the school year. Having an SRO in our schools supports our Towns community-oriented policing philosophy while also increasing collaboration between both town police departments and our schools. We are very appreciative and excited to work with both the Hamilton and Wenham Police Departments to ensure successful implementation of this program.

   Our school resource officer is...
    The school resource officer is not...
  • Someone who will foster positive relationships with students, staff and the community Able to assist with educational or instructional activities
  • Someone who will be involved in school emergency management planning
  • Someone who will investigate and respond to criminal misconduct
  • Someone who will be available when there is reasonable fear for the safety of students or personnel
  • Liaison for Parents, Students and School Faculty
  • Assigned to one school
  • An employee of the school system
  • A disciplinarian
  • An enforcer of school regulations
  • In place of school mental health providers
  • Actively looking for criminal violations
  • Here to arrest students