Alpena Public Schools wrote a letter to lawmakers regarding school resource officers. APS employs over 500 faculty members and enrolls over 3,600 students.
The inclusion of fully funded school resource officers in Michigan’s 2022-2023 fiscal year budget for high schools would promote a safer school environment. “We have wonderful officers and assistants working for us right now. They are important for many reasons. Yes, they are a source of defense in the event of an intruder, but they are also liaison agents. They are a vital part of our middle and high school staff,” said Lee Fitzpatrick, director of communications for Alpena Public Schools.
Preventing any type of threat to students and faculty is a top priority for APS. “I think it’s a never-ending battle to keep kids safe. Threats from drugs, vaping, and student-to-student violence are problems that have always existed. But I believe our Resource Officers are extremely valuable when these situations arise,” Fitzpatrick said.
APS parents support the school’s hiring of resource officers to prevent any danger or threat. “There are a lot of opinions, like there are opinions on a lot of issues, but I would say that in general our community is supportive of having officers in the school,” said Lee Fitzpatrick. “We expect our government to say school safety is a priority and we want to put some money into school safety.”
With continued state funding, district leaders could focus on improving Michigan’s school systems.