Letter to the Community
September 1, 2012
Welcome back to school! As families prepare their children for the first day of school the WPD is prepared for another
school year. Our goal is to work in partnership with community members to help ensure a safe school
In 2010, the community provided the WPD feedback stating one of their top priorities for the police department is school safety. Each year that priority is confirmed through extensive public feedback regarding our school safety efforts and youth outreach programs.
Through successful relationships with school staff, parents and community groups we are able to maximize the resources available to the Middle School. Some of those benefits include:
- Open communication to help all partners understand each other’s perspectives and needs throughout the year.
- We are able to constantly identify school needs and safety concerns and a quickly address them.
- As we manage tax dollars and pursue grant options we target specific needs and maximize the use of those funds.
Throughout this school year police officers will conduct extra patrols around the school. We often walk through the school and visit with students during lunches. We coordinate resources as needed for students experiencing hardship or going through a difficult time. We are constantly seeking new opportunities and methods to perform student outreach and bring a message of safety to our youth.
When it comes to school safety we try to prepare for every possible situation with the school. The WPD remains committed to adapting and solving problems as they arise, working with our educational partners and continually assessing what works and what we need to improve to be more effective.
Our teachers do a great job in education; our goal is to support their efforts by helping provide safe school environments. If you have any ideas, concerns or questions about the WPD and their commitment to safe school please contact me. We are all stakeholders in our school and community and the only way we can continue to improve is by working together.
Have a great and safe school year.
It’s an honor to serve you
Sgt. Joshua Henningsen