Salmon Arm RCMP adjust school liaison roles

‘How will schools be served by police’ is one question that came up during a recent visit to city council by Staff Sgt. Scott West.

Staff Sgt. Scott West

‘How will schools be served by police’ is one question that came up during a recent visit to city council by Staff Sgt. Scott West.

Coun. Tim Lavery noted that Const. Yvonne Dibblee, now retired, had “an amazing handle” on what was going on at the schools.

West said the job she was doing was coupled with traffic duties.

He said operations supervisors have chosen to go with a model where officers are responsible for certain schools, “providing for the needs schools have,” he explained.

“In saying that, it’s difficult providing programs when you don’t have the resource. It’s not an easy life to live… family life. I take myself back to Lake Country, where I was teaching five classes and then on night shift… There will be some schools better served than others.”

He said the detachment tries to take into consideration the interests of different officers.

Lavery said he understands it’s important to match interests, and said a summary of the school liaisons in one of the reports would be helpful.

 

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