City hall should promote the benefits of its ‘cops in schools’ program to encourage all schools to consider it, mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck said.
Havixbeck said she’d promote adoption of the school resource officer program, adding it’s shown to provide benefits to students, schools and the community.
"Many school principals and teachers tell me about the importance of this program," Havixbeck said. This is often the only positive interaction some young people have with police."
The SRO program is a partnership between the city, participating school divisions and the province. Only three school divisions – Winnipeg, St. James-Assiniboia, and Pembina Trails – are participating now, with police officer assigned to work the divisions’ high schools and junior high schools.
Havixbeck said she hoped she could secure corporate sponsorship for the program, making it easier for cash-strapped school divisions and private schools to participate.