Come home to Highland!
HIGHLAND SCHOOL PARTNERS
The SRO program is an integral part of community policing which stresses the importance of a positive working relationship between police and the school community. The positive working relationship along with a safe learning environment cultivates a climate where students can excel.
Hoffman is nationally certified to teach Gang Resistance and Education Training, which he will use as part of his work in the town’s six schools.
For the last two decades, Highland Police have worked with school children in the summers as part of the Gang Resistance Education and Training program and this summer was no exception.
For several weeks in early summer, Police Sergeant Michael O’Donnell, the town’s school resource officer, led a group of enthusiastic school children through activities that focused on team-building and empowering pre-teens to make positive life choices.
G.R.E.A.T. is a national program developed and sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Visit www.ojjdp.gov to learn more.
Highland Police Department
3315 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
Fax: (219) 972-5095
When Rick Hoffman’s two children went back to school in August, the veteran Highland police officer went back to school, too.
Hoffman was named School Resource officer in July 2017 and assumed the new role with the start of the school year. He replaces Sgt. Mike O’Donnell who retired after serving in that capacity for more than a decade.
It was a partnership between the School and Civil town that made the position of School Resource Officer a reality more than 20 years ago.
As SRO, Hoffman is the first line of defense in case of a police emergency. The part of his job that commands the lion's share of his time is creating relationships and mentoring students to develop healthy behaviors and even healthier relationships with law enforcement.