School Liason Officer
Officer Jim Lunt 9D98 (507) 460-1809 (Austin High School)
Officer Danny Ruroden 9D93 (507) 460-1509 (Ellis Middle School)
Officers Jim Lunt and Danny Ruroden work as School Resource Officers within the School District, which has approximately 4,300 students. Officers Lunt and Ruroden perform their duties at the ‘ schools and take on many roles when dealing with students. They respond to criminal activities that take place on school grounds and enforce laws/city ordinances when applicable during the school year. Officers Lunt and Ruroden transition to the streets as patrol officers when school is not in session.
WHY ARE THERE POLICE OFFICERS IN OUR SCHOOLS?
School Resource Officers (SROs) are in our schools to answer questions about law enforcement and to assist students, parents, and teachers with problems or situations that arise. Each officer has an open door policy and welcomes contact with every student.
The SRO program in Austin has one goal: to prevent delinquency by providing youth with the resources and services they need to stay out of trouble. Every year the SROs attend training on topics such as school shootings and security. SROs educate students on a daily basis about issues such as bullying, drugs, and criminal behavior. Both Officers Lunt and Ruroden have chosen this position because of their genuine care for children.
The Austin Police Department and Austin Public Schools have the following objectives:
- To develop a close relationship between police officers and students
- To answer questions or reply to concerns through positive contact with police
- To have the SROs available for groups, classroom presentations, and general education (some examples include Junior Police at the elementary level, and drug and alcohol awareness for older students)
- To build channels of communication to prevent thefts, harassment, and other issues
- To assist other law enforcement officers in ‘ and surrounding communities