Regional School Unit 16 welcomes our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) James Jacques. Deputy Jacques comes to us after serving 27 years as a Deputy Sheriff, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Corporal for the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Jacques’ wealth of community policing will be a significant benefit to our educational communities as we start this new school-based policing program.
The School Resource Officer Program was established in 1991 and is overseen by its national organization, the National Association of School Resource Officers. The program is built on a “triad” of responsibilities: law enforcement education/teaching, informal counseling, and the normal law enforcement activities all police officers’ are responsible for. With these three pillars as the foundation for our program, the primary roles of the SRDs are to:
A. Provide support and assistance to the school administration and staff to maintain a safe and constructive learning environment;
B. Enforce local, state and federal laws;
C. Serve as a resource to administrators and teachers in planning and providing age-appropriate educational programs that foster respect for the law, an understanding of law enforcement, and safe and healthy behaviors;
D. Serve as a resource to administrators and staff concerning law enforcement and child welfare issues;
E. Assist individual students and their families in addressing issues related to law enforcement and helping students to have a meaningful school experience; and
F. Serve as a liaison between the schools within RSU 16 in addressing issues of concern to both departments.
School administrators and staff have the primary responsibility for maintaining proper order in the schools and for disciplining students for violations of Board policies and school rules. Deputy Jacques will become a vital part of the RSU 16 staff and will be in all five of our schools starting on March 11, 2019. When you see Deputy Jacques in the hallway, cafeteria, or on the school grounds, please make it a point to introduce yourself and make him feel welcome as the latest member of the RSU 16 educational family.
Kenneth J. Healey