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Port Huron Police Department to provide resource officers to PH schools and SC4

Photo courtesy of Jim Bloch. One PHPD officer is assigned to work the SC4 campus as a resource officer; above, the SC4 Fieldhouse.

By Jim Bloch

The Port Huron Police Department will provide two resource officers to Port Huron Area School District for the next three academic years, 2022-2025, and one resource officer to St. Clair County Community College for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The city council unanimously endorsed PHPD’s contracts with the two educational entities at its regular meeting Sept. 12.

The school district will pay for half the wages of the two officers; the college will pay all of the wages of its officer.

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Both contracts allow the resource officers to work on other police-related tasks while in the schools or at the college, such as follow-up and reports, time permitting. The resource officers will work eight hours per school day. The city will provide police vehicles and fuel at its own expense. The contracts may be cancelled with a 60 day notice by either party. The chief of police will select the officers and specify their training. The specific duties of the officers are outlined in a job description approved by both parties. In the event of illness or vacation, the chief “will use reasonable and best efforts to cover the hours…” Both parties will work to resolve any dissatisfactions with the performance of a resource officer.

PHASD

The school district will pay for half of the wages for the two officers, a total of $118,879 for the 2022-2023 year. The district will pay the department half the amount on or before Dec. 31, 2022 and the remainder by June 30, 2023. The cost goes up to $123,039 in 2023-2024 and to $127,345 in 2024-2025. Requests for additional hours must come from the school superintendent and approved by the city manager, payable at $50 per hour.

“(T)his program will continue to allow the police officers to work daily with the students and faculty to promote positive police relationships, assist students with decision making issues, prevent juvenile delinquency, work with guidance and other support staff to assist students, and most importantly provide for a safe and secure school environment,” according to the resolution approved by the council.

SC4

The college will pay 100 percent of the wages of one officer for 2022-2023, a total of $115,762, payable in two installments due Dec. 31 and June 30. Additional hours will be requested by the college president and approved by the city manager, payable at $55 per hour.

“(T)he role of the College Resource Officer is to support the educational process and the maintenance of a safe learning environment for students, faculty, staff and the community,” according to the resolution approved by the council.

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com.

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