In January of 2007, the Dickinson Police Department assigned the first-ever School Resource Officer to the Dickinson Public School District. In the wake of the Columbine tragedy, many law enforcement agencies realized the importance of being proactive in the school environment. Thus, the department and school district worked together to develop the School Resource Program.
Officer Tiffany Whinery is currently the department’s School Resource Officer. She concentrates her efforts between the high schools and the junior high, though she will also have a presence at the elementary schools. Some of her duties include resolving student conflicts, processing status crimes occurring on school property, and having a presence at after-school activities such as dances and athletic programs.
In the fall of 2014, the Dickinson PD, along with the Dickinson Public School District, were proud to announce the addition of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to our list of proactive services. Two officers attended an 80-hour specialized DARE course to become certified instructors. They began instructing the courses to 7th graders at Hagen Junior High. The courses are eleven, 45-minute classes covering topics to give kids the skills needed to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence. Supplemental courses also cover bullying, prescription drug abuse, and internet safety. In the years to come, the department is hopeful to expand the DARE program into the 5th-grade and elementary levels.
During the summer months, Officer Whinery is involved in many of the city’s summer youth programs. She is also in charge of the community programs throughout the year. The Dickinson PD and Officer Whinery have a satellite office located within the West River Community Center.
The Dickinson Police Department, along with Dickinson Public Schools, recently started a new program called Text-A-Tip at Dickinson High School and Dickinson Middle School. This program will give kids the opportunity to report illegal activities, bullying, weapons, and other concerns by texting the School Resource Officer at 701-260-7804. All students who use the program may remain anonymous.
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Questions or Comments?
701-456-7076 or E-mail.