As students head back to school so do Lloydminster police officers. For the first time, each Lloydminster school division will see a School Resource Officers walking the halls as a way to increase safety for the students and teachers.
In June, the city and both the Lloydminster Catholic School Division and the Public School Division partnered up to bring in two full-time officers.
Constable Grant Kirzinger has been designated to the LPSD, meanwhile, Constable Michael Hagel will be placed with the LCSD. Kirzinger says the main focus of an SRO is to help provide resources while encouraging and supporting the youth inside the school division.
“In the past, we have been involved with the schools in both Lloyd public and Catholic school divisions, but now with designated SRO’s we’re able to focus on specific areas to ensure that our message is being received whether that’s in relation to drugs and alcohol use, as well as digital citizenship so online behaviours.”
Both SRO’s will be based out of a high school in their division while visiting multiple schools during the week. Constable Kirzinger will have an office at the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School and Constable Hagel will work out of Holy Rosary High School.
Kirzinger says on a daily basis both SRO’s will invest in mentoring students, as well as their education.
“On a day to day level, you will see us inside of many different schools whether that’s doing presentations to a law class, giving a digital citizenship presentation to a group of grade seven students or even discussing a WITS program with students in grades two or three.”
For the first year, Kirzinger says his goal is to find meaningful ways to impact the students with advice and information.
“Having a relationship where students feel comfortable talking to a police officer is extremely important. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to conduct an investigation or if you’re trying to provide positive role models you need to have a mutual understanding and respect and a place of comfort and familiarity in order for those things to be achieved.”