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Yes for Public Safety Measure
A School Resource Officer is not a security guard. They carry a gun, badge, handcuffs and enforce the laws of Oregon in Lincoln County Schools, but are much more. They are a mentor, informal counselor, teacher, friend, a shoulder to cry on, cheerleader, an advocate, a smiling face that welcomes your child to school every morning and says I am safe. Not only to students, but to teachers as well. They work with students to understand the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, how to take amazing photos, how to restore relationships destroyed by gossip. They teach how to communicate, to listen, to see other’s perspective, to understand words are colors and can create beautiful verbal paintings or darkness.
Your Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy is part of the lives of the 1400 students of Toledo and Waldport high schools and elementary schools. The schools are 45 minutes apart and I have concerns that only one SRD isn’t enough. Our children are our most precious possession and resource. We should make every effort to protect and support their precious lives. That is why I am immensely happy to learn Public Safety Measure 21-186 adds a second School Resource Deputy for the schools of Lincoln County. A second SRD we will be able to reach out to the students at the Siletz and Eddyville charter schools and provide more constant coverage and interaction to both Toledo and Waldport schools.
I am a property owner in Lincoln County and generally oppose more taxes and government. I know what this measure means to our children and I am in support of it. Please join me in voting Yes for Public Safety Measure 21-186.