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School Resource Officers are important for the community

Incidents, like the one at Kelly Walsh High School last week, provide a stark reminder about how beneficial School Resource Officers are for the Casper community.
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 6:58 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Kelly Walsh High School student showed another student a firearm last week, and a Casper PD School Resource Officer was notified immediately and able to quickly and safely bring the student that showed the gun into custody.

It was a stark reminder about the role School Resource Officers serve and how important they are for the community.

School Resource Officer Ty Mower said these are the kinds of things they train for. “That’s what we anticipate happening every day even though it doesn’t,” said Mower. “It’s very few incidents that have happened like this, but we train for that, and we react accordingly and do our best to keep everyone safe in the school.”

The School Resource Officer’s job is not to get kids in trouble. Mower stated that School Resource Officers’ number one goal is to keep a safe learning environment for students, but they are also a resource for the kids and school district if they ever have any questions or something is happening.

“We gain enough rapport with the kids that they come to us with situations that they’re confident in telling us what’s happening at home or what’s happening with their friends, and we can address those issues as they come up.”

Casper PD Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd said the relationships School Resource Officers build with kids is beneficial to the community. “Having that positive experience with law enforcement firsthand day after day after day not only helps build a culture of trust in our community for generations to come, trusting law enforcement, but it gives our students a sense of security,” said Ladd.

Ladd added that the School Resource Officer program is growing, and the Casper PD is fortunate for their partnership with Natrona County School District.

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