Steamboat Springs Police Department assigns school resource officer
Steamboat Springs — Now fully staffed, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been able to assign a school resource officer for the upcoming school year.
Officer Blake Ingerick will fill the role. He started working at the police department in 2011 as a community service officer and became a police officer in 2014.
Police Chief Cory Christensen said five officers were interested in the position. They went through a testing process, and the Steamboat Springs School District conducted the selection process. Students, staff and teachers were involved.
Christensen said principal Kevin Taulman recommended Ingerick for the job.
Taulman was on summer break and could not be reached for comment.
Ingerick will primarily be working at the high school but will be available to the other schools within city limits.
Ingerick will be investigating crimes but one of his primary responsibilities will be to build trust and confidence between the police department, students, parents, teachers and staff, according to a news release.
“Part of his job duties will be helping to identify problems that relate to safety, disorder and crime and help to implement solutions to solve these problems,” the news release stated. “The officer will work as a liaison between the police department and the Steamboat Springs School District and work closely with the principals to further safety concepts.”
Ingerick was on vacation and not available for comment Thursday.
The police department has not had a school resource officer since June 2015, when Kristin Bantle was reassigned. The police department was struggling at the time with staffing issues and was unable to assign a school resource officer for the 2015-16 school year.
“We weren’t doing it because of staffing, and I think we missed out on some opportunities to partner with the students and the staff,” Christensen said.
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