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School Resource Officers

The Powell Police Department has two officers assigned to Park County School District #1.  The officers patrol the six school buildings located within the City of Powell.

The majority of the officer’s time is spent engaging with students in a positive manner, and not acting in an enforcement role. The primary purpose of such initiative is to maintain a safe environment for students, school personnel, and other people using school facilities by:

  • Enhancing physical safety and security in the schools and on school grounds through prevention and intervention strategies.

  • Assisting with the development of school safety and lockdown plans.

  • Patrolling routes to school.

  • Conducting safety and security inspections.

  • Performing sweeps for weapons or drugs.

  • Suppressing violent incidents such as fights or domestic situations.

  • Maintaining an environment in which students feel safe from threats or incidents of bullying.

The officers have offices at the schools, interact with students and staff on a daily basis, and handle police-related issues on school district property.  Our officers have established a great relationship not only with the staff but with students and parents as well through their daily interactions at the schools.

The SRO should be looked at as a resource to which the school community can turn to. As such, the SRO fulfills three roles by using a triad approach. The officer acts as a law enforcement officer, an informal counselor, and a law-related teacher. As a law enforcement officer, the primary purpose is to "keep the peace." As an informal counselor, the officer provides resource guidance to students, parents, teachers, and staff, and acts as a link to support services both inside and outside the school. As a law-related teacher, the officer will share special law enforcement expertise through presentations in the classroom to promote a better understanding of our laws. Furthermore, the SRO also serves as a positive role model for the students on campus during school hours and off-campus at extracurricular activities.

 

 

                             Powell Middle School                               Powell High School

                               Officer Paul Sapp                                        Officer Matt Koritnik

                         psapp@cityofpowell.com                           mkoritnik@cityofpowell.com

                                 Powell Police Department Dispatch - 754-2212

 

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