There are 23 schools in the school district. Having officers with permanent assignments at the high schools and middle schools along with officers who will serve as rovers at the elementary schools will greatly increase the amount of proactive involvement between officers and students.
“It’s a cost share program between the school district and the city,” Humphrey said. “We believe this new program will add more coverage for all of the schools. The overall goal of the program is safety.”
These officers will work in other locations when school is not in session, but they will have special training to deal with the school setting. SROs characteristically develop strong bonds with students and school staff.
“The officers will be strategically selected and placed. The selection process will be a joint process with the school system,” Humphrey said.
Both sides in the debate began robo-calling voters Saturday afternoon. The “yes” votes came from a phone bank in Owasso and the “No” votes came from Oklahoma City. Former Mayor Harold Haralson taped the “no” message.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the election which includes city council candidates from wards 2, 4 and 6.
In Ward 2 candidates are: Gary Caissie, Aleisha Karjala, Matthew Leal and Clint Williams. In Ward 4 candidates are: Bill Hickman, Rhett Michael Jones and Greg Jungman. Ward 6 has two candidates: Jim Griffith and Jerry Lang.
State law requires voters to prove identity before voting. Voters without ID may cast a provisional ballot.
Provisional ballots are counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the county election board.
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