Officers Prepare to Head Back to School

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) It's back to school time and that means the Pennington County School Resource Officers will be taking their places at schools across Rapid City, Rapid Valley and Douglas Schools.

Sgt. Chris Hislip is stationed at Stevens High School and supervises all the school resource officers at East Middle School, Rapid Valley Elementary, Valley View, Wilson Elementary, Southwest Middle School, Corral Drive, Meadowbrook and Black Hawk Elementary, and Douglas Middle and High School.

Hislip said officers have three main areas of focus: law enforcement, mentoring and teaching.
Deputies enforce laws and maintain safety in the schools, Deputies forge relationships and counsel on common problems like bullying, drugs/alcohol, disputes with parents, and Deputies teach students about safety, including their on-line presence.

At significant expense of time and money, the Rapid City School system is this year implementing ALICE - new ways to deal with active shooter scenarios. It's an All Hazards Approach in crisis planning. Deputies are the security experts in the schools and they are working with students and staff to provide the latest techniques on dealing with threats.