Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Five Questions: Police Presence

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Blake is starting his fourth year as school resource officer for De Soto schools.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Blake is starting his fourth year as school resource officer for De Soto schools.

August 19, 2009

Q: What is the rewards of this position?

A: I like kids. It’s been a very rewarding position. I’ve developed some very good relationships with some very good people.

The one down side is I spend a lot of time with a small percentage of students who need the most attention and I don’t get to know the majority of the students.

Q: Does the past years of experience here in the high school make your job easier?

A: Absolutely. The more time you spend with the staff and the students, you learn more what is expected of you. The great benefit is as you build relationships, it helps in identifying a problem before something gets started.

Q: Who do you actually work for?

A: The Sheriff’s Office is my employer. The school district has a contract with the Sheriff’s Office.

If there’s a criminal matter, it comes to me. I’m don’t get involved with discipline.

I’m responsible for any incident at Starside (Elementary), Lexington Middle School or Countryside, but I spend most of my time at the (De Soto) high school. If needed, I’ll drop everything and go to the other schools.

Q: Do you get involved in any teaching activities?

A: We talk about electricity when I bring in the Taser to class. We have a traffic exercise where we work with students to measure speed from skid marks. I take field trips with students to the detention center, operations center, visit the canine unit and talk about such things as the use of force. I get to do some hands on that way.

Q: What does a school resource officer do during summer vacation?

A: I’m assigned to the other units. I work with the motor patrol, so I’ve been on the motorcycle most of the time. It’s a blast.

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