Province expected to fund PSD student resource officer program for three years

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In August 2019, Parkland County withdrew its financial support due to budget constraints. Since then, PSD, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain have continued to share the cost of the program, which is now in its tenth year. The entire budget of the program is equivalent to the salary of the SRO.

“We have had nothing but strong support from our municipal partners. This is a valuable program that has incredibly positive results for the community. We hope this is something that will be supported by our partners beyond the three years. It would be ideal if Parkland County came back because it’s a program that benefits all three regions,” Francis said.

The original intention of the program was to de-stigmatize talking to the police. While students initially feared having a uniformed police officer on school grounds, administrators uniformly agree that the SRO program has helped humanize the police in the eyes of students and create healthy lines of communication between young people. and law enforcement.

PSD’s current SRO, Const. Gord Marshall, has held the position since 2017 and would be universally adored by students and staff at both high schools.

“Our schools reflect the communities of which we are all members. They demonstrate our strengths and our triumphs, but are also an example of some of the challenges that members of our communities face. I can attest to Cont. Marshall’s role as a positive and authentic educator in the classrooms and hallways for students who have issues that fall within the realm of law enforcement,” said Cam Robertson, Deputy Director, SGCHS.

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The SRO provides SGCHS and MCHS with the opportunity for students to access law enforcement training and advice and to help them make positive life choices. Specific duties of the SRO include, but are not limited to, presenting at events such as Grade 10 Open Houses, School Council meetings, and community information sessions; make formal classroom presentations in courses such as Career and Life Management (CALM), Psychology, and Social Studies; and meet individually with students formally (scheduled meetings) and informally to discuss topics such as bullying, drug and alcohol use, relationship issues, etc.

“This is a program close to my heart and which I believe has been very successful for PSD. Although the role of the SRO is very formal, the relationships it creates are essential to the success of this program,” said said Shauna Boyce, superintendent.

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