Dexter Community Schools has extended its contract with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
The DCS Board of Education approved an amended contract at its Dec. 19 meeting for a school resource officer (SRO) to continue serving in the district through the WCSO.
According to the contract, since 2019 the cost is subsidized by the Public Safety and Mental Health Mileage and from 2023 the cost with the subsidy included will be $170,471. The contract was due to end this month.
DCS Superintendent Chris Timmis said the city of Dexter pays 50% of the cost of the ORS because the school district only needs the officer for about 50% of a calendar year.
As a follow-up, the Sun Times News asked Timmis about ORS.
“We’ve been fortunate to have great School Resource Officers over the years who are part of our school community,” Timmis said. “The SROs work to help maintain a safe and secure school environment in all of our districts. They are working with our staff, students and families on proactive measures to protect their safety.
The DCS website describes the School Liaison Officer program as part of a cooperative effort between education, law enforcement and the community that promotes positive and effective communication between youth, teachers and the police.
“The objectives of the program are:
- Create a safer school environment by:
- Encourage more positive attitudes towards rules, laws and society;
- Support conflict resolution and citizenship responsibilities;
- Teach young people the concepts of the criminal justice system, the goals of law enforcement – as they relate to public and individual safety;
- Contribute to the prevention of delinquency and criminal activities among young people.
- Dispel misconceptions about law enforcement and society;
- Act as a sounding board for the concerns of students and parents;
- Act as a liaison with courts, social services and other community programs;
- Be a resource for information and community presenters. “