Community Resource Officer
The Coffey County Sheriff's Office has adopted a philosophy known as Community Oriented Policing to our patrol methods. The idea of providing Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, is not a new technique to law enforcement. However, by learning through history and past experience, our nation's law enforcement agencies are adopting the philosophy of partnerships with our communities and their organizations to improve communication and thus improve our ability to combat crime and to recognize and solve community related problems.
In 1997, the Coffey County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a federal grant allowing us to hire a COPS officer. This officer's duties would be primarily as a community liaison officer, going into community meetings, schools, and developing programs for our youth to improve relations and to break down the barriers that have caused communication gaps between the officers and the citizens they serve. As of year 2001, the grant funding expired. Sheriff Randy Rogers has continued to support this program and is now running the program out of his budget.
In January 2008, Deputy Jeremy M. Lind was moved into that position. Since that date, Deputy Lind has been increasingly involved in our communities by attending meetings of our organizations, school assemblies and classroom instruction, developing various programs for our youth, and various patrol and investigation duties as they arise.
Community policing is a method which requires dedication to the basic motivations behind police service. We are here to protect and to serve our communities to the best of our abilities. Without community support, high ethical standards among our officers, and a willingness to learn about our communities' needs, this cannot be accomplished.
Committed to Kansas Kids!
In August 2009, Deputy Lind was certified as a School Resource Officer or SRO. Deputy Lind is a member of Kansas Juvenile Officers Association (www.ksjoa.org), and a member of National Association of School Resource Officers (www.nasro.org). Deputy Lind's primary job is to protect property, staff, and students within our schools in Coffey County. Deputy Lind's other duties is to work school events and to work with the administration and students. In some cases he works with the parents of the student.
Deputy Lind takes pride in what he believes in. Deputy Lind works with the following schools within Coffey County:
USD 243 - Lebo Junior/Senior High, and Lebo Elementary; Waverly Junior/Senior High, and Waverly Elementary (www.usd243ks.org);
USD 244 - Burlington High, Burlington Middle, Burlington Elementary Schools and The Coffey County Learning Academy (www.usd244ks.org);
USD 245 - Southern Coffey County Junior/Senior High, LeRoy Elementary School and Gridley Elementary School (www.usd245ks.org).
Deputy Lind is also involved in Computer Crimes Investigations; he is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force (www.icactraining.org), the Kansas Cyber Crimes Task Force and a Member of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) (www.nw3c.org).
What is a School Resource Officer?
A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM IS: A full-time law enforcement officer in the schools with the goal of creating and maintaining a safe educational environment for students, teachers and staff. With such a program, the officer represents a superior model of community policing. A School Resource Officer Program (SRO) represents a specialized approach providing evidence of a community's desire to ensure that a safe and secure learning environment exists in its schools.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS ARE: A valuable resource for their assigned schools as well as the school district to which they are assigned. The SRO's obtain 40 hours of specialized training to fulfill four basic roles:
Beyond these identified roles and, perhaps the most important, SRO's are Positive Role Models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today's society.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS WILL NOT: Enter the school and begin stepping on Toes, Interfering with the way the school functions.
THE "PROMISE" OF AN SRO PROGRAM IS: An encouraging strategy to enable communities to address school problems with both prevention and intervention techniques. Having an SRO on the school campus can prevent problems from happening. When problems do arise, SRO's can intervene immediately to address what is taking place. The result is a safer and more secure school for students, teachers and staff. The entire community benefits as well because learning is more likely to take place in such an environment.
The School Resource Officer concept is proactive and is the ultimate example of Community Policing. Its police officers work directly with the community they protect, then tailor their methods to meet that communities needs. Having an SRO Program is a boost to any department and community, with positives that more than clearly outweigh any drawbacks.
For More Information Contact:
Coffey County Courthouse
110 S. 6th Street
Burlington, Kansas 66839-1798
Phone: (620) 364-2191
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