“We appreciate our partnership with local law enforcement agencies and how they work alongside our staff and students and build positive relationships in our schools and throughout the communities we serve,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson. “I hope our community will help us celebrate and honor the contributions of our local law enforcement and our School Resource Officers.”
Law enforcement support Bend-La Pine Schools’ students in numerous ways, including:
Bend-La Pine Schools has also partnered with law enforcement agencies to provide free gun locks to help local community members secure their guns.
“We are proud to partner with our local community schools to create a safe environment for our students to learn. Our officers enjoy creating positive relationships with the students inside our schools,” said City of Bend Police Department Lt. Clint Burleigh. “We also believe responsible firearm ownership leads to safer communities. Whether it is educating about the safe handling of firearms or the free gun locks program offered at the Bend Police Department — we believe responsible firearm ownership provides for a safer community.”
There are several ways for the community to team up with local schools in their displays of support. Businesses, organizations and neighbors can join students and send a note of thanks to School Resource Officers or to all who serve at the Bend Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police Department or local FBI offices. Take a photo of you or your coworkers wearing blue, turn your personal social media channels blue or shining a blue porch light to show your support.
Share your support using #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay and #IamBendLaPineSchools to share on social media.