ot having a school resource officer (SRO) on the Lake County School District #7 (LCSD#7) campus, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that Deputy Mike Patterson will be the new SRO for LCSD#7. He begins Thursday, Oct. 1.
Over the past year the Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Lakeview and LCSD#7 have been looking at a way to fund an SRO for the school. One proposal is that all three entities would chip in money to fund the position, with the school district planning on using some of its Student Investment Act money, which LCSD#7 Supt. Michael Carter said will go towards hiring a mental health professional for the district.
Lakeview Town Mgr. Michele Parry applied for a United States Department of Justice grant, which the town won and will cover the cost of the SRO position in full over the next three years. After the initial three year period, the Town can apply for another grant to keep the position going or fund the position in other ways.
Patterson is excited about being the school district SRO, and said that one of his main goals when he decided to become a police officer and deputy was to be an SRO, and now that dream is fulfilled. Patterson has three years’ experience with the Lakeview Police Department, one year in the Juvenile Probation Department, and the past year with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
For the full story pick up the Sept. 30 edition of the Lake County Examiner.