BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) – It may be a few more days until school starts for students in Bay Minette, Alabama, but the school’s Resource Officers had to report for their ‘first day’ Monday, August 13.
Photos sent to us by the City of Bay Minette captures just how excited they are for their first day. In some of the photos, officers posed with a sign sharing the officers’ name and school. Some signs even share the officers’ age and “When I grow up I want to be” with “Police Officer” written below. Each officer is seen holding a lunch box, two of which are Nemo and Spiderman.
According to Tina Covington with Bay Minette, Officer Ronnie Saldin will serve Bay Minette Elementary School, Officer Justin Kelly will protect Bay Minette Middle School, and Sgt. Kendrick Bank will serve as the School Resource Officer at Baldwin County High School.
Resource Officers help the Police Department by eliminating the necessity of calling an officer off the road and into the school should an issue occur.
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Officer Ronnie Saladin: He has been in law enforcement for more than eight years, including the last 1.5 years in Bay Minette. He looks forward to meeting the staff and students. “I hope to become a good SRO, keep the school safe and become a friend to all,” he said.
Officer Justin Kelly: A three-year veteran with the BMPD. Officer Kelly attended Bay Minette area schools and graduated from Baldwin County High School. “It is my goal this school year to try and bridge the gap between law enforcement and the children of our community and parents,” Kelly said.
Sgt. Kendrick Bank: He has been with the BMPD for seven years and is also a graduate of Baldwin County High School.
School Resource Officers have been assigned to 46 public school campuses in Baldwin County with the Sheriff’s Department providing SROs to schools outside city limits.
The partnership is a “huge benefit for the City of Bay Minette and our community,” said Police Chief Al Tolbert. “the SRO’s are more than just Police Officers. SROs, who are sworn police officers, also serve as problem solvers, youth advocates, school and community liaisons, mentors, counselors, classroom instructors and positive role models.” Along with the benefit of police presence being readily available when needed.