A School and Police Department Partnership

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Aired on: August 8th, 2017

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Corporal Matthew F. Sanchez

Corporal Matthew F. Sanchez, a sworn police officer since 2013, is a School Resource Officer for Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in Fountain, CO.  He is certified as a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Officer and an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Officer.  Corporal Sanchez holds a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Colorado State University-Pueblo and is a graduate of the Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy.

Sergeant Moses Cho

Sergeant Moses Cho was initially assigned to Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in Fountain, CO, as the sole School Resource Officer (SRO) in 2004. After specialized assignments with the police department, including the Homeland Security Investigation and Federal Human Trafficking Task Forces and as a Crisis Intervention trainer, Sergeant Cho returned to the school district in 2016 as the Sergeant of the SRO unit. He now leads a team of seven SROs who ensure the safety of students and staff.

Lisa Zimprich

Lisa Zimprich, EdS, is the Assistant Director of Student Support Services in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in Fountain, CO. Ms. Zimprich leads the district mental health team of over 35 school psychologists, counselors, and social workers and is responsible for mental health service delivery, risk assessments, and crisis response and postvention services. Her leadership helped FCC8 become a model for school mental and behavioral health supports and programming across the state.

Montina Romero

Montina Romero, PhD, is Assistant Superintendent of Student Services in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FCC8) in Fountain, CO. An educator for 21 years, she is responsible for FFC8's safety and security initiative to include partnerships with local law enforcement. Dr. Romero has worked closely with the Colorado Department of Education on Response to Intervention and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support practices. Additionally, she is identified as a leader in special education across Colorado.

This Week's Topic

Join presenters from Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 and the Fountain Police Department, both located in Colorado, as they discuss their pioneering proactive model partnership that focuses on the whole child and the whole community in an effort to increase school safety.

The partnership is committed to directly support school safety by creating positive law enforcement/student relationships and by focusing on

  • student drug-use prevention,
  • prevention of cyberbullying, and
  • suicide prevention among teens.

A focal point of the partnership is the number of School Resource Officers (SROs)–with approximately one SRO to every 1,000 students. To increase their effectiveness, SROs respond directly to an anonymous state reporting system, Safe2Tell, 24 hours a day and communicate on a daily basis with building and district https://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/C.W.-Gardenhire-pic.jpgistrators.

At the conclusion of the webcast, participants will be able to identify components of an effective partnership between a school district and local law enforcement. They will also identify and understand the components of a thorough threat and suicide assessment process that builds community and improves school safety.


Presentation Slides

A Guide to Developing, Maintaining, and Succeeding With Your School Resource Officer Program. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: U.S. Department of Justice. Prepared by Peter Finn, Med Townsend, Michael Shively, and Tom Rich. 2005.

Assigning Police Officers to Schools. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: U.S. Department of Justice. Prepared by Barbara Raymond. 2010.

Best Practices in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, 2nd Edition. S. Brock and S. Jimerson. 2012. National Association of School Psychologists.

Report on the Arapahoe High School Shooting: Lessons Learned on Information Sharing, Threat Assessment, and Systems Integrity. S. Goodrum and W. Woodward. 2016. Retrieved from http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/publications/AHS-Report/Report_on_the_Arapahoe_High_School_Shooting_FINAL.pdf

Youth suicide prevention school-based guide-Issues brief 5: Suicide Prevention Guidelines, J. Doan, A. LeBlanc, S. Roggenbaum, & K.J. Lazear. 2012. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida.

Colorado School Safety Resources Center website: https://www.colorado.gov/cssrc

Suicide Prevention Resource Center website: http://www.sprc.org/

U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services: Supporting Safe Schools website:

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