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Officers share lunches with students at local schools
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Is there a school lunch program for officers?
Yes, Lake Oswego police officers are eating lunches at Lake Oswego School District schools. The program idea came from an interested parent organization late last spring. The program is a partnership between parent organizations, the Lake Oswego Police Department and the Lake Oswego School District. The program funding comes from a variety of sources and donations. Lake Oswego police officers have the option to participate in the program, which is a voluntary. Currently three officers have volunteered to participate in the program. The officers frequency of participating in the program depends on the call load during the time of the lunch schedule. Many times officers do not have the opportunity to stop by for lunch.
I have participated in the program this year and found it to be a very positive community contact with our students and faculties. I think one of its greatest attributes is the fact that students get to see officers in a nonofficial capacity, which makes the students more comfortable in approaching officers. Since I have been involved I have been approached with questions and have had several very thoughtful conversations with students, as well as had my picture taken. The officers involved hope to have lunch at all of the schools at one time or another this year. I believe the program is a win for all of the partners involved. If you have questions regarding the program, please feel free to email me at the below listed email address: JBrent@ci.oswego.or.us.
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