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Hopkins "Operation Recess" transforms relationship between police, schools

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What started as a way to get quiet kids involved on the playground, and officers able to intervene when bullying or fighting occurs has transformed with two years from Operation Recess into a multi-layered partnership with police officers and Hopkins schools. It is something they are very proud of and the goal is taking the traditional role of a school resource officer and kicking it up a notch.

"Our program from the get go was not geared toward enforcement. It's more geared toward relationships and relationships with police officers for more of a mentoring thing," said Hopkins Police Sergeant Mike Glassberg. "The data is huge and we've had a really positive school year."

Principal of Alice Smith Elementary, Jody De St. Hubert says the number of calls to the office for behavioral issues since a school resource officer stepped in has plummeted from an average of 19 referrals a day to just five.

"When we are able to decrease our behavior referrals like that, it shows our students are feeling more safe and affirmed but also allows us as a staff to do a lot more positive stuff with our kids," said De St. Hubert. "We aren't constantly reacting to but we are proactively forming groups working with students."

That along with other positive behavior intervention seems to be working. The school resource officer covers a total of eight schools across Hopkins.

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