Loveland Police and Loveland City Schools enhance partnership
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Loveland City School District and Loveland Police are planning for increased officer presence in all of the buildings throughout the district. The enhanced partnership comes on the heels of Loveland Police Chief Tim Sabransky meeting with the district’s safety committee. Committee members expressed interest in the increased presence, and Chief Sabransky immediately took action.
“The district is doing this to further enhance what is an already excellent relationship we have with the Loveland Police,” said John Ames, business manager. “Loveland Police Officer Fred Barnes has worked as the safety resource officer for years, spending most of his time at Loveland Intermediate School and Loveland Middle School; he has wonderful rapport with the students, and we want to grow and develop that relationship in the other buildings with other officers.”
“It is important for us to be seen as friends and partners by students and staff,” said Chief Sabransky. “A student or staff member’s first encounter with a police officer should not be during an emergency or other law enforcement action. Familiarity between the officers, students and staff enhances the relationship we already have with the Loveland School District and the community.”
Ames said the hope is to have officers visit each of the buildings at least once a week. Officers will walk the halls, interact with students and staff, and monitor the parking lots as part of the increased presence.
“We want our students to know who the officers are and not to be intimidated,” said Ames. “The more involved the police department is with students, the better off the community will be; we are grateful to have this strong relationship with Loveland Police.”