CAMPBELL | Campbell-Savona School Resource Officer Dave DuBois took a few moments during Monday’s school board meeting to talk about his first year in that role as he begins his second.
DuBois, formerly an investigator with the Bath Police Department, said there were a total of nine incidents during the course of the year that he had to refer to outside law enforcement agencies.
Much more of his time was spent on less-formal interactions with students, staff and parents.
“When (Superintendent Kathy) Hagenbuch first asked me to do this, I was going to just do a standard spiel,” he told the board. “I started thinking about it more, and decided to pull my reports. I have to file a report with the (Steuben County) Sheriff’s Office and with the school every month.”
He noted that there were 76 “calls for service” logged during the year. Those are incidents that at least appear to require law enforcement intervention. Of those, only the nine mentioned above actually became criminal law enforcement situations.
Far more common was time spent counseling students and others.
“It could be for any variety of things, whether you’re counseling them about behavior -- or it could be a staff member, and a couple of times I met with parents,” DuBois said. “I did 229 counseling situations like that.”
Campbell-Savona, like other districts, also takes advantage of having an officer on hand by using them in an instructional capacity.
“I did nine classes, working on things like how to get latent fingerprints,” he said.
That doesn’t include presentations he made on specific subjects a total of 15 times through the year ranging from trick-or-treating safely for pre-K students to a bicycle safety event for more than 200 students in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office. He also speaks with students who have a driver’s license about the proper “rules of the road” on campus before they are allowed to bring a vehicle to school.
DuBois was also a visible presence at special events such as dances, including prom, and athletic competitions.
“I hope to do more (sports events) this year, and be more visible there,” he added.
DuBois also spoke to the board about policy issues, including his work with administrators to get first-aid supplies for crisis situations situated around the district’s buildings.
Board President Bill Caudill stressed that the equipment and supplies are for when access to the school nurse or other assistance is cut off for some reason -- not for every time a student needs a bandage on their finger.
Dubois said he plans to get better educated on student vaping prevention in the new year and make that a priority.
He also noted that the district’s labeling of hallways with street names (Main Street, etc.) and labeling doors has been very effective with both students and those who come in from outside.
“What I’ve come to find out is those street names is how EMS, law enforcement and firefighters know the building,” he said. “They don’t know it as the science wing or the seventh-grade hall -- they know it by that street map.”
He said while his initial contract for the position was only for one year, he’s happy to come back and continue his work.
“Working with the personnel that you have put in place here, they are very proactive, very open-minded and a pleasure to work with,” DuBois told the board and administration.
The district is currently seeking a second SRO so they can have one full-time in each building. Sheriff James Allard has said he’s continuing to seek the right candidate for that position along with SRO positions still open in the Corning-Painted Post district.