Schools should be places where students feel safe and parents feel their children are being protected. The increasing number of school threats and incidents has caused many to feel less safe on school properties. The sheriff’s office of Ingham County and school resource officers such as Deputy Megan Jordan work to combat that.
The most valuable protection that the sheriff’s department has for schools is a dedicated school resource officer. The officer’s main duty is to maintain safety and security while building relationships with students.
The position is funded by Delhi Township and is in charge of the buildings in the Holt school district, as well as other parts of the county, with about 5,600 students and 800 faculty and staff. “It’s really like a small city, for one cop,” said County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth.
Ingham Intermediate School District director of facilities and safety, Steve Rusnock, said the school resource officer is a significant benefit for the district.
“Coordinating with the sheriff’s office and school resource officers helps to give that extra feeling of security for all the students and parents, not to mention the faculty,” said Rusnock.