Parkway e-News Story

New Elementary Police Officer Program

Thanks to enhanced partnerships with our local police departments, there is a new model for drug abuse resistance education in Parkway elementary schools this year. Through the new Elementary School Liaison Officer initiative, important aspects of the fifth-grade D.A.R.E program have been re-focused and expanded to serve the needs of all students in grades K-5.*****
This program is being implemented in cooperation with the Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Manchester, Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, and Town and Country Police Departments. At some schools, a police officer will be on site throughout the day, similar to school resource officers in the middle and high schools.
The primary goals of the school liaison officer program are:
  1. Enhance relationships among elementary students, the school community and local police officers through increased presence and visibility of a uniformed officer and regular contact with students and families. For example, police officers might have lunch with students, attend open houses and curriculum nights, and provide educational programs for parents.
  2. Improve core K-5 health curriculum, utilizing police liaison officers as subject matter experts in the classroom. Lessons will include topics such as bullying, stranger and internet safety, and the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
  3. Increase safety and security in the school community - School liaison officers will serve as members of the school crisis/safety teams; consult on crisis plans; participate in school safety drills; and serve as support during an emergency.
Parkway’s Board of Education will recognize representatives of each police department at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Highcroft Ridge Elementary in Chesterfield.