7/29/2014 1:02:00 PM R-C schools look
to police for new resource officer
Marney Simon Staff writer
A deal to get a new school resource officer in place for the Reed-Custer school district is unfolding in Braidwood.
Earlier this month, district officials said that they were seeking to replace Wally Evans, who passed away in June, by entering a partnership with the Braidwood Police Department.
The school resource officer works with staff and students to ensure safety and order at the building throughout the district. The post was held by Evans for the past five years. But while Evans served as a school district employee, the new plan would utilize a Braidwood Police Officer who works inside the district.
"What we did in the past, Braidwood had a resource officer at the school, and it was full time," said District Operations Director Jim King. "So they were here all day long. That was probably 15 years ago, maybe as recently as 10 years ago. Then they got budget cuts, couldn't do it, so we didn't have anybody."
King said the district was working with the police department to see if a return to something similar to that old arrangement is possible.
"It would be a uniformed police officer as opposed to just a security guard in our building," King said. "It would be somebody that the kids can still get to know and be proactive in trying to familiarize with the police and what they do and the kinds of things they can do for the school district."
King met last week with Police Chief Rich Girot, who was receptive to the idea.
"It would be good for us," Girot said. "It would be someone who works inside the school. We have a certified resource officer right now."
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