Swanton gets school resource officer


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Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg, left, introduced school resource officer Charles Kessinger to the board last Tuesday.

Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg, left, introduced school resource officer Charles Kessinger to the board last Tuesday.


At the Swanton Board of Education meeting last week, Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg introduced Officer Charles Kessinger, who will serve as a school resource officer. Kessinger, a certified school resource officer, will be in the district part time. His primary duties will be on the road, but will be in the schools more often than an officer is now.

“I didn’t feel as of right now we needed a full-time officer in the schools,” said Berg. “I don’t have the funds to dedicate someone that way, and I don’t feel like I need to ask for funds from the school right now.”

Kessinger will also serve as a liaison between the school and Berg.

He’s going to be in and out of the building, Berg said, but will be more visible to students and staff.

“I feel like seeing us in a more positive light helps, especially with the younger students,” said Berg. “Unless you’ve lived in a hole the last couple years, [you know] law enforcement hasn’t really had the best reputation lately. We want the kids to trust us and not see us only when something bad happens.”

Kessinger said he looks forward to being in the schools.

Board member Kris Oberheim said, “I’m extremely grateful this opportunity is here.”

Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg, left, introduced school resource officer Charles Kessinger to the board last Tuesday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/09/web1_School-Resource-officer.jpgSwanton Police Chief Adam Berg, left, introduced school resource officer Charles Kessinger to the board last Tuesday.

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