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J.O. Parker | Poweskiek Publications | Montezuma, Ia
Bryan Van Der Beek
• VIEW STORY: "Officer Steve on the blackboard beat" •
The school resource officer program has been in place in the Louisiana Public School District since May 2002. Louisiana Chief of Police James Graham spearheaded the program as a way to give the police department a direct link to the school district. This type of program was first established in the late 1950s in Flint, Mich. Since that time, police departments around the country have used the program as a model to improve relationships between the police and young people.
Chief Graham asked veteran Louisiana Police Officer Steve Condon, 56, to serve as school resource officer. Officer Condon has been with the Louisiana Police Department for 31 years, serving in every capacity from patrolman to chief of police. He jumped at the chance, and for the last year and one-half, has been working hard to paint a positive image of police within the school district.
Officer Condon serves as law enforcement officer, counselor and teacher at the district's three campuses. His main responsibility is to serve as law enforcement officer. Officer Condon is responsible to enforce all state laws and local ordinances on school property. He makes arrests, investigates crimes and writes tickets, just as a police officer would do on the street.
Officer Condon also works closely with school counseling staff as well as counseling students, parents and teachers on a limited basis. As teacher, Officer Condon educates students, teachers and parents on law-related courses ranging from careers in law enforcement to teaching the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes and the use of dangerous drugs. It is Officer Condon's goal to educate them on what to look for, and how to protect themselves from involvement with these issues.
In less than two years, Officer Condon has made a huge impact in the Louisiana school system as well as making Louisiana a better place for families to live and raise their families. "The kids are comfortable with me," Officer Condon said.
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