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School resource officer begins job at Bayfield schools
1/24/2014 By: Carole McWilliams
Bayfield schools now have a uniformed police officer on-site to interact with students and respond in a safety emergency.
It is longtime Bayfield deputy Dan Cyr. He worked for the Bayfield Marshal’s Office during the 1990s, then worked for several years for the District Attorney’s Office before coming back to the marshal’s office. His son and daughter went through Bayfield schools.
Marshal Joe McIntyre said Cyr will rotate among all the schools on a random schedule.
“I’m really happy in that he volunteered for the position,” McIntyre said. “He’s an instructor with the Southwest Law Enforcement Academy, so he has that teaching background.”
McIntyre pitched the idea of a school resource officer to the town board in February 2013, with an application for funding by a federal Justice Assistance Grant grant. Along with security concerns after the Sandy Hook school shootings in December 2012, McIntyre said there were things happening in Bayfield schools that warranted a school officer.
In late April last year, two mothers of BHS students complained to the school board about a proliferation of thefts, possession and use of tobacco and marijuana, and inappropriate dress. School officials did not dispute their claims. McIntyre cited that Times story in his May 2013 presentation to get the federal grant.
Town trustees approved the school resource officer agreement with the school district on Jan. 7, and the school board approved it on Jan. 14.
“It lays out roles and expectations,” McIntyre told trustees on the 7th. That was Cyr’s first day on the job, he reported. “Everybody is pretty excited.”
When schools are in session, the deputy will serve as a law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and provide law-related education, the agreement says.
The deputy is supposed to be highly visible in the schools and provide a positive role model for students, and to “provide physical intervention in safety emergencies involving staff and/ or students.”
Among other school officer duties laid out in the agreement: the deputy will work closely with school officials, students, parents, and community members, participate in school meetings and activities, work with students and school staff to prevent juvenile delinquency, help connect students with social service agencies and other needed services, and inform students of their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
The deputy also will help investigate any illegal activity that happens on school property, will help develop and execute crisis response plans, and will do on-going school security checks and make recommendations to the district and marshal’s office.
The agreement with the school district provides for a 50:50 cost share for the position as grant funding decreases each year.
The JAG grant provides 100 percent funding in the first year, but it’s not guaranteed for following years. The town has to re-apply. Funding would be 90 percent in the second year, 80 percent in the third, and 70 percent in the fourth. After that, the cost is 100 percent on the local government, but continuing the position is optional.
Trustees agreed on Jan. 21 to apply for a second year of JAG grant funding.
The town and district will have to pay all costs in the fifth year, or sooner if outside grant funding isn’t available.
The deputy is a town employee trained, supervised, and paid by marshal’s office. The deputy will follow the marshal’s chain of command.
When school isn’t in session, the deputy will be assigned to other marshal’s office duties but will be available to assist with school summer activities. Marshal’s office and school representatives will meet during those times to make sure school needs are being met, the agreement says.
The agreement says that in the final year of the grant (2016-17, assuming renewals until then), town and school representatives will meet by Feb. 15 to start discussions on whether to continue the school resource officer program and agree on funding. If they can’t agree, the program will end at the end of that school year.
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