Over the past two weeks, SPD officers engaged in "Meet and Greet" sessions at various local elementary schools. The purpose of these interactions was to build and enhance positive relationships between law enforcement and community members, particularly students, parents, and staff. These efforts aimed to create an environment of trust and understanding.
During their visits to the schools, the police officers, who serve in the neighborhoods where the schools are located, made themselves available for discussions with the school staff. The aim was to gain insights into any safety concerns that the schools might have. This collaborative approach underscores their proactive commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of students.
The initiative, spearheaded by Sgt. Scott Hogeland, who once served as a School Resource Officer at Roosevelt-Lincoln in Salina years ago, showcases the dedication of the local police force to engaging with the community on a personal level.
The schedule of visits was as follows:
- August 14, 2023: Officer Cranmer visited Oakdale Elementary, while Officer Melby visited Cottonwood Elementary.
- August 15, 2023: Officers Leonard and Jacobs interacted with the students and staff at Stewart Elementary, Officer Lydic engaged with Heusner Elementary, Officer Moreland visited Sunset Elementary, Officer Kerby was present at Meadowlark Elementary, Officer Breen connected with Coronado Elementary, and Officer Cranmer visited Schilling Elementary.
- August 21, 2023: Officer Cranmer visited Sunset Elementary, Officers Brazdzionis and Leonard were at Meadowlark Elementary, Officer Cranmer visited Oakdale Elementary, and Officer Melby visited Cottonwood Elementary.
The police department plans to continue these visits later in the year, reaffirming their commitment to maintaining a positive presence within the community. They eagerly anticipate the opportunity to greet the children and contribute to a safe and nurturing learning environment.