Q & A With Joe Rios NPS District School Preparedness Coordinator

Q & A With Joe Rios NPS District School Preparedness Coordinator
Posted on 09/12/2017
Joe RiosPlease tell us about your background.
I was a law enforcement officer with the Newtown Police Department for 26 years and retired last year as a police captain. I served in various capacities while at the Newtown PD including patrol officer, statewide narcotics task force, investigator, school resource officer, patrol supervisor and police administration. My bachelor’s degree is in criminal justice from Norwich University.

What is your role here at NPS?
As NPS School Preparedness Coordinator, I work under the direction of Dr. Frank Costanzo, Chief of School Operations.  My primary role is to work in collaboration and partnership with school administrators and local officials to ensure the safety, security and an overall positive school climate for the NPS district. As such, I provide support throughout the district to Central Office, administration, teachers, and faculty members. I also work as a liaison with Emergency Management, Norwalk Police Department, Norwalk Fire Department, EMS, and NPS facilities. Additionally, I collaborate with local and state officials such as Department of Homeland Security to make certain that the district complies with state safety requirements.    

What are you most excited about this year?
This is my first time starting a new school year with the NPS district. We have several safety initiatives that we are working on including the video expansion upgrade, which will greatly increase the number of cameras in our schools for an added level of security.  In addition, we have a new visitor management system that we will be rolling out, along with an anti-bullying app.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy sports, particularly baseball, basketball and bike riding. I love a great BBQ!