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Police officers provide more than security for OKC elementary school students

Oklahoma City Public Schools and the city of Oklahoma City have agreed to split the $602,100 cost to hire seven police officers for elementary school duty.
by Tim Willert Published: August 5, 2014
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Justin Echols, an Oklahoma City police officer, greeted students Monday at Mark Twain Elementary School, looking to spread a little good will.

In addition to keeping Mark Twain and 13 other elementary schools safe and secure, Echols is working the community relations angle, interacting with children in hopes of fostering positive relationships with law enforcement instead of negative ones.

“The amazing thing is: This is the first group of kids in Oklahoma City that will actually know that they have an officer in their school who came to their classroom, who spoke to them, who they have a positive relationship with,” he said.

Echols, a staff sergeant, has worked high schools and middle schools since 2004. Monday marked his first day on an elementary school campus.

Oklahoma City Public Schools and the city of Oklahoma City have agreed to split the $602,100 cost to hire seven police officers for elementary school duty.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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