Rumours have been circulating that the School Liaison Officer position in Lake Country will not be funded after this school year. Lake Country Mayor and Council put such a high priority on this role that in 2008 they made a formal motion to ensure that the role of School Liaison Officer was funded when a new RCMP member was hired.

The School Liaison Officer is a general duty member during the summer months and outside of school hours.

The RCMP are meeting with SD23 and the District to explore the prospect of modifying the School Liaison Officer schedule to meet the needs of the broader Lake Country community, while still having a consistent officer assigned to each school. "It is good to have the position staffed with members that live here or have kids," said Sgt Jayson Lucash. "They have a personal investment in the community."

Besides having the resources to respond to 911 calls and incidents in Lake Country, there is a benefit to giving multiple RCMP officers the chance to connect with students on a proactive level in the schools. Managing resources effectively to meet the various needs of the growing community of Lake Country is the main issue being addressed in the current evaluation of the School Liaison Officer scheduling. Mayor and Council remain committed to funding this crucial role in Lake Country.

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For more information contact:

Mayor James Baker
250-766-6670 mayorandcouncil@lakecountry.bc.ca

Steve Windsor
Director of Protective Services, District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-2327 swindsor@lakecountry.bc.ca