Monette officers welcome presence at BIC High School

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Monette Police Department and Buffalo Island Central junior and senior high school are working together. Pictured are, from left: Sgt. Anthony Petty, Chief Brian Carmichael, High School Principal Randy Rose and Officer Kevin Bond. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Monette Police Department and Buffalo Island Central High School are working together for the safety of students and staff at BIC.

Monette Chief of Police Brian Carmichael said this is the first year for BIC to have a daily presence of officers on campus and it is working well.

The department added one officer to the force making a total of four.

“We will have an officer on campus from 7:30 a.m. until 3:35,” Chief Carmichael said.

Sgt. Anthony Petty and Officer Kevin Bond are rotating serving one week each.

The newest officer, Logan Olsen, is in training and will eventually join in the rotation.

The officers will work at the school for the nine month school year and will continue to work for the police department during the summer months.

With the extra officer during the summer months, it will be helpful to cover for officers when they take vacation time.

Chief Carmichael said what they are doing is different than having a School Resource Officer. Many times SRO officers teach classes.

A lot of area is covered by the officers in a school day.

“We check the doors, windows and parking lot every hour,” Chief Carmichael said. “We observe as the students go from class to class. It will be good when the junior and senior high students are all under one roof.”

The new BIC junior/senior high school facility is almost complete.

“Having the officers here is one of the best things we have ever done for the overall safety of our kids,” Principal Rose said. “I see the officers talking to the students as they go about the day. The officer stays on campus until all of the traffic is gone. It has worked well for all of us.”

Chief Carmichael said it has been a good start and he believes it will be an ongoing partnership.

“BIC is a peaceful school,” Chief Carmichael said. “Students are great. Teachers are great and they have been very welcoming.”

Chief Carmichael is not in the rotation for the school but he visits often and is only a phone call away if needed. He has served as Monette's Chief of Police since 2002, starting his career in law enforcement in 1996.

Both officers agreed BIC has great students and they are happy to be on campus keeping a watchful eye for the safety of the students.

“They have made us welcome from day one,” Officer Bond said.

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