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Edmond police, city officials step up security at schools

Edmond police, schools and city officials produced a video to show parents and the community what officers are doing to make students safe at local schools. Officers are ending their shifts by doing their reports in their patrol cars while in the parking lots of schools.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: February 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013

“As our district looks into additional ways that we can further enhance the protection of students and staff, we believe that having police officers complete their reports on laptops while parked in our schools' lots, rather than finishing them back at the station, is an innovative and effective way to bolster security without using additional resources.”

Building relationships

Edmond has had school resource officers at the high schools and middle schools for more than 10 years.

A school resource officer, assigned to a particular school, is assigned to keep the school and students safe on a daily basis.

The officer also works with school administrators to address security problems that may occur on campus.

“We feel like that is where the large population is during the daytime and that is where we need to be,” Dorsey said. “We hope to improve safety in the schools and establish relationships.

“Relationships are invaluable. You learn who belongs and shouldn't be there, and if there is a problem, you learn the layout of the school.”

Security in the schools is important to the officers, who have come up with many of the ideas for better protection, Dorsey said.

“Most officers have kids in Edmond schools,” Dorsey said. “Safety is a priority.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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Relationships are invaluable. You learn who belongs and shouldn't be there, and if there is a problem, you learn the layout of the school.”

Capt. Tim Dorsey,
Edmond police

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