When Lansing high schoolers head back to class this fall they will not only be meeting new teachers and friends, but a school police officer. Through a new partnership between the police department and schools, four officers are going to be on duty as community resource officers.
One armed officer will be based at each high school. They're trained not only to deal with problems of truancy, violence, and drugs, but to mentor and counsel students.
The officers have work to do to get the trust needed to get their jobs done. Some students tell News Ten they're not happy to have police in school. However, many admit it will probably stop school fights, and prevent kids from skipping class.
Senior Eastern High School student Tiajuana McClain spoke to News Ten about her feelings. "I'm not happy about it, but I guess it will get kids in class. Last year, kids were always in the hall. Probably more kids will graduate on time."
Meanwhile, these officers want students to know they are not the enemy. Their goal is not to get kids in trouble but to open communication and mentor students.