Two Marana police officers went back to school this week. Their presence should be educational for everyone.
The department has assigned two of its personnel, Mario Williams at Marana High School and Melissa Larkin at Marana Middle School, as school resource officers. Their work at the schools started yesterday when classes got under way.
School resource officers serve several important roles. They handle any police-related calls for service and provide security for students and staff. Officers also assist with teaching criminal justice classes. The program is also important for community relations since it helps improve relationships with students, staff and parents.
The return of the school resource program was made possible by a grant from the Arizona Department of Education. This year marks the first time since 2008 the Marana Police Department has had officers in schools.