We fully support the collaboration effort between the Minot Public Schools and the City of Minot to add two police officers who would serve as resource offices in the schools.
The school district has committed to paying 75 percent of the salary and benefits of the two officers, in addition to a share of the equipment costs. The city included $13,000 in its budget to help obtain a federal grant that fell through, but that money could still be used to help cover the costs of adding the positions.
The officers would be stationed at Magic City Campus and Central Campus, but would also spend time at Jim Hill and Erik?Ramstad Middle Schools. Minot is the only major city in North Dakota that does not have such officers, and it's time that changed.
The officers would bring a heightened sense of security in the buildings by simply being there on a regular basis. Their presence would be a constant reminder to students, parents and faculty that the district is taking security seriously, and the officers could also be utilized to educate students on the role of law enforcement in the community.
The officers would also be on call to respond to the district's elementary schools. With growing enrollments in Minot schools, the time is right to add the resource officers. It's a positive step for the future of a growing school district.