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SROs: School/police partnership return following state law update

 Anoka County Sheriff Brad Wise visits wit Andover HS principal Tim Feine & assoc. supt. Josh Delich(03/29/2024) School Resources Officers are returning to Anoka-Hennepin Schools following a state law update that suspended the program in most schools from the start of the 2023-24 school year. 

At the School Board meeting Monday, March 25, chief operations officer Greg Cole; and manager of security and emergency operations Tim Fournier; provided an update to the community regarding the status of School Resource Officers (SRO) in schools. View the presentation.

What’s happening now: SROs returned to school sites without SRO coverage quickly following the law update in alignment with the School Board legislative priority. Officers from the City of Coon Rapids remained in service in the four schools covered in that city. Work with area law enforcement partners on revised agreements continues with consideration from governing bodies expected over the next several weeks. 

Anoka-Hennepin Schools partners with six local law enforcement agencies to provide 12 SROs, providing service to schools across the district:

  • Anoka Police Department
  • Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
  • Blaine Police Department
  • Brooklyn Park Police Department
  • Champlin Police Department
  • Coon Rapids Police Department

Safe and welcoming schools: The SRO program supports Anoka-Hennepin’s strategic priority to ensure schools are safe and welcoming. The district utilizes a multi-layered approach to protect the safety of students and staff. School culture and climate and safety benefit from the SRO partnership that works in coordination with structural and physical systems, controlled single-point entries, visitor management systems, staff training and more.