Holly Area Schools Expands School Resource Officer Program
(HAS, Feb. 21, 2020)
Holly, MI- This month, veteran Holly Police Department Officer Heather Wolkow joined the Broncho family as Holly High School’s full-time School Resource Officer, part of the district’s continued commitment to providing a safe, secure learning environment for all students. Current School Resource Officer Michael Houck will work full-time in the district’s middle and elementary schools.
“At Holly Area Schools, the safety of our students, staff and families is our number one priority,” said Scott Roper, Holly Area Schools superintendent. “Officer Wolkow will help us continue providing a safe, secure learning environment for our Holly High School Bronchos as they prepare for graduation and the next phases of their lives.”
The addition of another full-time School Resource Officer provides new opportunities for Officer Houck to have increased presence at our middle school and elementary buildings. In addition, this new program also includes increased presence from other Holly Police Department officers at our sites.
Planning for the new safety program began last fall and was confirmed shortly after the holidays. Both Holly Police Department officers will work with school administrators to encourage good student behavior and lead programs that promote healthy lifestyles. The officers will participate in annual training through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
Officer Wolkow has 19 years of experience as a police officer, including six years as a police detective.
“I am excited to help these Bronchos make healthy decisions at such a critical point in their lives,” Wolkow said. “I am honored to join the Broncho family and to work with our students, staff and families to promote a culture of kindness, compassion and respect.”
The police partnership stems from the district’s ongoing Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate (ALICE) training program for all Holly Area Schools staff. The training prepares staff to respond to a variety of potential threats and crisis situations. More information will be coming this spring for age-appropriate ALICE training for students.
The programs complement safety upgrades from the 2018 voter-approved bond, which provides upgraded entrances, security cameras, new secure door hardware on all doors and other safety improvements throughout the district.
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