FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ridgefield Police Department to Receive the Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, CFO/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, May 12, 2006 – The Ridgefield Police Department has been nominated and selected to receive the 2006 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award for the Columbia River Region at the 2006 Regional WASA Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2006.
The award recognizes the Department's extraordinary contributions and its dedicated service to the children of the Ridgefield School District. It also acknowledges the role the Department plays in making the Ridgefield school community a safe and orderly learning environment for students, staff, and the community.
The City of Ridgefield was awarded a "Cops in School" grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through the U.S. Department of Justice on March 1, 2002 for the hiring of a School Resource Officer (SRO). The role of the SRO includes enforcing truancy laws and policies, developing crime prevention strategies and being physically present at the schools patrolling the hallways, lunchrooms and campus. The SRO responds to and investigates campus crimes and is the primary liaison officer in maintaining connections with "at-risk" students.
"The (SRO) program not only provides a proactive approach in discouraging the community's youth from adverse behavior while they are in school, but the program carries through to their actions while in the community. The City is extremely pleased to have formed this partnership with the Ridgefield School District and look forward continuing this partnership into the future", said Justin Clary, Interim City Manager/Public Works Director.
Mary Vagner, Superintendent for the Ridgefield School District stated, "Because the Police Department engages effectively with the youth in the community, the relationship subtly motivates students to make better choices for their own futures and successes. We are very fortunate to have a partnership with the Ridgefield Police Department that is grounded in prevention and respect for youth in the community".
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The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 15,000 persons with an employment base of over 5,500 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications and Administration, the Controller, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.