For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Baesler Lauds Cass County National School Safety Award
BISMARCK, N.D., June 25, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday congratulated the school protection efforts of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, which have earned top honors from a national organization.
The department has four school resource deputies assigned to five rural school districts in Cass County – Kindred, Mapleton, Central Cass (Casselton), Northern Cass (Hunter), and Maple Valley (Tower City).
The National Association of School Resource Officers, which is based in Hoover, Ala., recently notified the Cass County Sheriff’s Office that it would receive NASRO’s Model Agency Award.
“I think they serve as a model that others can replicate, not only in our state, but across this nation,” Baesler said.
The award signifies that the office’s training, policies and standards for its school resource deputies meet high standards, and help to ensure professional service to the schools and students that the deputies protect. NASRO emphasizes the school resource officer’s “triad” role as an educator, informal counselor and law enforcer.
Baesler and a group of school and law enforcement representatives recently formed a School Safety Planning Committee to explore proposals for making North Dakota’s schools more secure. Committee members will be holding community forums across the state later this year to solicit public suggestions and opinions.
“As we look for ways to improve school safety in North Dakota, one of the possible strategies is to place trained, professional law enforcement officers as resource officers in more of our schools,” Baesler said. “The Cass County Sheriff’s Office provides an example of how to provide excellent service in rural areas, and we can all learn from them.”
The department will receive its award Thursday, June 28, at a NASRO national school safety conference in Reno, Nev.