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home : opinion : editorial March 26, 2015

6/26/2013 8:48:00 AM
School officer: great idea

There are no doubt countless area residents who can recall the days when it would have seemed bizarre for a school district to add a uniformed police officer to the staff.
Obviously, times have changed. We now live in an era where a police presence not only seems normal, it is apparently welcomed with open arms.
In the past several days, since the Windom school board and city council approved the new resource officer position, we've heard nary a word in opposition to this move. At the same time, we've heard several residents express support for what they see as beefed up security and a strengthened bond between students and police officers.
The plan is for this officer, Dana Wallace, to work solely in Windom Area Middle High School and Winfair School during the upcoming 181-day school year. Once school lets out, the plan is to put Wallace back on city patrol. Then in the fall of 2014, Wallace will return for at least one more year working in the district.
We have no doubt that this agreement will be extended far beyond the initial two-year contract between the city and school. It is a fine example of how the Windom School District and City of Windom are finding ways to share resources. That too is a trend we would like to see extend well into the future.
  - Rahn Larson

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