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November 9, 1983

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The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, November 9, 1983 - Page 7 to dump scr ,ooi security patrol aelayed until report can E,.= rewritten in the form of electronic service varies among local Issaquah School monitoring and alarm equip- law enforcement officials. administration has ment in the school buildings, lssaquah Police Chief Dag backed off on a The December report is also Garrison said he would go to eliminate the expected to detail options for along with whatever the security patrol funding the expensive School Board decided about itsays costs too much devices, the patrol but added, "We value in pre- In the meantime, the want to be directly involved and vandalism patrol will continue to in the planning for anysecur- ISchools. operate much as it has for the ity systems for the school eiSsue first brought up past month, with less equip- buildings. We know some- October 26 School ment and less authority than thingabout that." was scheduled it has had for many years. Three schools are in city discussion at the Security patrolman George police jurisdiction, including 9 meeting. But Cameron was told in the the two with the worst theft Jim Swick beginning of October that he and vandalism records -- there is still too was to turn in his uniform, Issaquah High and lssaquah W0rk to be done in the badge and gun and the Junior High. The other is of making a full police-type lights and Clark Elementary. The bus report to the board, emblem were stripped from garage, also a frequent target is not expected to his patrol car. He was also for burglars looking for tools again until the first told to stay away from high and gasoline, is also in the el- of December, which school games and dances and tylimits. the 14th. not to get involved in any All the other nine school Superintendent "life-threatening" situa- buildings and the Admin- and Operations tions, istration Service Center are Larry Galloway are Reaction to the scaled- on county land and under the to present alter- down version of the patrol protection of King County to the present patrol and the proposal to end the Police, in the two sectors with the worst response times in the entire county. Lt. John Beard of the Kent precinct, which covers the schools south of Interstate 90, said he definitely favors uniformed and armed patrols on school grounds. Uniforms and weapons act as a deter- rant to rowdy kids and protection for the security of- ficer. "If we're called to a school and see a person running from the building, we can't be certain it's a burglar or the security man chasing a sus- pect unless security's wearing a uniform. "The more visible he is to us, the better able we are to determine who we are dealing with," he said. Beard also said a uniform commands a certain respect in case the patrolmart runs in- to people causing trouble. "The kids see a uniform and will either cool it or fade out. If some guy in plain clothes comes up to them, they're just going to say, 'Who are you, buddy?' " Added Beard, "From my standpoint, a patrol is need- ed. As long as we know they're out there taking care of taxpayers' property, that allows us to take care of what we're supposed to. As far as I'm concerned, they're a valuable asset, the same way a citizen group or a Block Watch program is. They don't eliminate crime, but they displace it and the criminals go elsewhere." County Detective Bob Beck, who was district detec- tive for burglary, larceny and vandalism for six years in the 1-90 to Maple Valley area, agrees with Beard about the value of the patrol. He also feels it is appropriate for school patrolmen to do more than simply check windows and doors. He said the patrol has provided assistance with several burglaries by holding the suspects until police ar- rived. He also agreed with Beard that some sort of weapon is needed because patrolmen can't always avoid trouble. Said Beard, "For the most part, the chances of contact with anyone who is in the school legitimately is some- what questionable." Both officers had high praise for the Renton School District security system, a combination of electronic monitoring equipment -- silent alarms -- and a small, armed patrol. Every one of tile 23 Renton schools is equipped with alarms, said security head Jim Wolvin, adding that it was the first district in the state to alarm all buildings. 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LOTION  --1 IW il + ,99 VALUE EACH Hi iV I I IIII Because the alarms are reliable -- only about one out of 10 is false -- Renton City Police will respond quickly not only to city schools but any county school, in an emergency. Though the school patrol is armed, there is a lengthy and detailed policy on when, where and how to carry the gun. Patrolmen train and practice regularly with tile Renton Police and must have a current certification. They don't take guns to school activities and don't carry one during the day. They are to be used only in the defense of their own life or someone else's -- "not in the defense of property." They are to be drawn only as a last resort -- "Turn and run first," said Wolvin. The patrolmen are also instructed not to try and capture someone lurking in a building, but to assist the police in doing that job. Because of the good rapport with the local police and the reliability of the alarms, Wolvin says the longest response time he can remem- ber is 10 or 11 minutes. In contrast to the regi- mented Renton system, both past and present lssaquah security officers and police agree the lssaquah system has been allowed to run itself with almost no guidelines. Current officers George Cameron and Jerry Naab say even a request to join the School Security Officers Association -- at a cost of $25 per year -- was turned down. No particular weapons training or certifica- tion is required. Requests to take classes -- even at no cost + were turned down. The patrol has reported directly to the maintenance super- visor and now reports to the custodial supervisor. Weapons and uniforms have been optional and paid for by the patrolmen. One of the few security guidelines available was writ- ten as late as June 1, 1983, by former maintenance super- visor Arnie Pitzen, who no longer works for the district. The memo reads in part, "It has been established that a uniform clearly designates your security person status, which provides both a physical and psychological benefit to you. While it is not the intention of the lssaquah School District to require you to wear a uniform, it is recommended for safety pre- cautions." Four months later, even that guideline was reversed. Issy pride at work Several dozen Issy students went to work immediately repairing damage from a school- wide vandalism attack allegedly by Sammamish High students last week. Here Kristin Olson (stooping), Litsa Kleweno and Steve Brattkus provide finishing touches on the re- painted mural on the school front. Photo by Terry McLafferty. ii lssaquah Press office SAMMAMISH OFFICE SUPPORT hours: Monday to Friday, 9 ,,r \\; OMPREHENSIVE SECRETARIAL SERVICES a.m. to 5 p.m. / (A. 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