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Minot Public Schools takes a big step to ensure the safety of its classrooms in 2014. Several safety and security measures were voted down as part of the public school bond issue on December 10.

Now, after about a year of hold-ups, the school has a new agreement with the police department that will put two officers at Magic City and Central Campuses beginning 2014. The new School Resource Officers (SRO's) will help prevent crime within the schools, keep a close eye on violence and will deal with drug abuse.

"Even though we had several items on the ballot talking about safety and security, this is a big step on that," says Superintendent Mark Vollmer. "We're very excited that you've granted us the ability to do this.  It is a good thing for schools."

Assistant Superintendent, Kim Slotsve, says, "Just the visibility of having a School Resource Officer on a campus, that person, that police car that's parked there, they serve as a deterrent."

The new SRO's will be stationed at the high schools full-time during the academic year, and will work back at the police department during the summer.  Both officers will take over their post at the MPS high schools January 2.  The plan is to have them attend a national SRO training within the first year of their new posts.

 

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