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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