The New Norm: Police in High Schools

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM CST

PROCTOR, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -Having police liaison officers in high schools on a full or part-time basis is a common practice nowadays but one district has lost theirs and is hoping to get the resources to bring them back.

The Proctor High School Principal says resource officers build positive relationships with students and staff and play a large role in preventing crime.

Proctor hasn't had an officer in school for a year and half because of funding and staffing issues.

The principal says she's noticed the response time to getting to the core of incidents is slower, and explains why she believes having these officers on campus has become the norm.

"Violence has become more apparent in schools either through cyberspace, physical altercations. Although, we don't have that many here on our site. The drug world and what's available to students in that regard has increased," said Proctor High School Principal Nancy Litman.

The principal listed many instances in which the district better addressed problems because of a police liaison officer's work.

Some parents worry bullying could become more of an issue without an officer monitoring students' behavior in person and on social media sites.

Mothers Against Bullying is meeting May 19 at the Proctor Moose, regarding the bullying at schools.

MAB is asking parents, grandparents, neighbors and businesses owners come to the meeting to address the problem.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com

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