Police officers will be roaming the halls of Minot schools in the new year.
The Minot Public School Board was told this week that a deal has been finalized to have one officer at Magic City Campus and another at Central Campus when classes resume after the Christmas break.
The position is called an SRO, or School Resource Officer.
The officer working at Magic City will be on call to handle problems at Jim Hill Middle School.
While the officer at Central Campus will be on call to Ramstad Middle School.
(Kim Slotsve, Minot Public Schools) "I'm thrilled to say we're going to have School Resource Officers in our secondary buildings and look forward to the relationships that they will build and that extra sense of security knowing that there is a police officer in our buildings."
Superintendent Mark Vollmer says the SRO program will boost safety and security in the school system.
It's a program that's going forward with funding OK'd by the school board, independent of security upgrades that were part of the bond issue that was defeated by voters last week.
(Mark Vollmer, Minot Superintendent) "When we talk about these issues it's an important thing to say that even though we had several items on the ballot talking about safety and security, this is a big step on that and we are excited that you have granted us the ability to pursue this. It is a good thing for Minot Public Schools."
Between now and the start of the duty in Minot in January, the new SROs will be shadowing cops at other schools in the state where similar programs have been started.
The officers are hired by the Minot Police Department and then assigned for 75% of their time to the schools.
The school district pays the police department for the service.