School board stands up for resource officers

By on Thursday, February 11th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – The Pendleton School District Board of Directors has declared its opposition to Senate Bill 238, which would ban school resource officers.

“We’ll be asking our legislators to consider allowing districts where it’s been a positive experience to continue that practice,” Superintendent Chris Fritsch said.

The school resource officer program in Pendleton has been operating for decades and Fritsch said it does far more than simply police the campuses of the middle and high schools.

“It’s connecting with kids and developing relationships with our students and with many of our families,” Fritsch said. “It’s a positive thing.”

The program is paid for by the Pendleton Police Department.

Photo: Pendleton School Resource Officer Lance Zaugg