“Everyday is different,” said Officer Michael Santana.
News 8 followed one of RPD’s School Resource Officers, Michael Santana, at World of Inquiry School 58.
“I’m basically like a counselor, law enforcement officer and a teacher,” said Santana. “It’s very important to go out of my way, say hi to them, get to know them, and allow them to feel comfortable with someone in uniform.”
He’s also acts as a deterrent to any situation that might arise. He has a particularly unique job because not only is he handling high school students, but middle school students and it’s his job to make sure everyone gets to and from class safely.
“If there’s an incident that occurs in the school where they may need a consult or a police officer, I’m here to kind of just hold their hand and say here’s our options,” said Santana.
Although a lot of responsibility falls on Santana, he also has the help of others like Darrick Blue who is a School Safety Officer. The two work closely on prevention and preparation for situations like an active shooter.
“We would lock down the building, I would get a hold of Officer Santana. We have a certain code we use and when we hear that code, everything stops. We get the kids out of the hallway. Everybody go in a room,” said Blue.
At the end of the day, it’s about making sure everyone is safe while establishing positive relationships with the kids. As the two say, School 58 is a community and they treat each of their kids as their own.
“I think the most important part of my job is making a good impression on the young student body,” said Santana.