By Jennifer Kotila
The Dassel-Cokato School District welcomed a new school resource officer for the 2014-15 school year; Wright County Sheriff’s Deputy Lisa Fox began her duties with the district last week after former officer, Deputy Drew Sherber, was promoted to sergeant.
Before beginning her new position at DC, Fox was a patrol officer in the St. Michael area, where she lives with her husband and four teenage children.
One of the biggest challenges she will face in her new position is also something she is looking forward to learning the Dassel-Cokato area and becoming acquainted with the students and families that live here, Fox said.
School resource officers are responsible for “providing a safe place for kids to come to school,” Fox said of her position.
She noted that school resource officers do not provide the routine, daily discipline of students, but may get involved if criminal activity has taken place.
For instance, Fox was filling in for Sherber last spring when a rash of vandalism swept through the community. As a school resource officer, she assisted in the investigation by checking the school parking lot for vehicles that matched the description of the one driven by those who committed the vandalism.
Since the Dassel-Cokato School District is split between two counties, it is important for the school resource officer a member of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office to communicate effectively with officers in the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
School resource officers spend their day interacting with students to get to know the dynamics of the relationships amongst different groups of students.
This assists them in determining the direction of an investigation, such as the investigation into the vandalism last spring, Fox noted.
Students at DC Schools, especially in the high school, will see Fox in the hallways when arriving at school and throughout the day.
When students are released at the end of the day, Fox will be in the parking lot to make sure students are obeying traffic laws and being safe as they leave school.
Fox’s office is in the DC High School Office, and she has an open-door policy for anyone who wishes to speak with her.