Is the cops in Catholic schools program returning to Burlington, Oakville, Milton?

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Published March 10, 2022 at 2:12 pm

Catholic school board officials are looking for feedback on the School Liaison Officers (SLO) program in Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Halton Hills.

SLOs are designated police officers who are assigned by Halton Regional Police Service to offer direct support to schools.

They visit schools to engage with students and participate in school events related to public safety, as well as to provide education on a number of topics including bike and road safety, bullying prevention, drugs and alcohol education, and internet/social media safety. At the elementary school level, this program begins in Grade 6.

Halton District Catholic School Board is looking for feedback from:

  • Parents with one or more children currently attending an HCDSB school in Grades 7 to 12
  • Students currently attending an HCDSB school in Grades 7 to 12
  • HCDSB school administrators
  • HCDSB school staff (Grades 7-12) who would be familiar with the SLO program
  • Community organizations
  • SLOs from Halton police

The information is being sought after the SLO program was temporarily paused in December.

The groups noted above will receive an email with a link to the survey to share their feedback on the School Liaison Officers Program. These groups are encouraged to share their experiences with and perceptions of the SLO Program through this online survey.

The information gathered through this survey, as well as information received through focus groups conducted separately from this survey, will be shared with the Board of Trustees on Apr. 19.

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