You may have heard over the last couple of years in WA state, as part of the so-called 'police reform' package, there's been a push to eliminate school resource police officers.

KPD Resource Officer nails multiple car prowler at Kamiakin HS

Shortly after school began Monday morning, May 16th, the Kennewick Police Department school resource officer assigned to Kamiakin High School was checking the parking lot, and doing general monitoring of the grounds. He was checking various security cameras that cover the school.

He noticed a male making his way through the parking lot, trying doors on various vehicles. He quickly radioed to other nearby units, who converged on the main parking lot on the north side of the school.

  Suspect was able to steal multiple items from at least 2 vehicles

The male suspect, whose name was not released, was cornered and captured by patrol officers. He was seen on camera trying multiple doors, entered 2 that were unlocked, but fortunately, the stolen property has been returned to the students.

Were there not a resource officer at Kamiakin there probably would have been multiple thefts from all over the lot.

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Yet another reason why besides offering armed trained protection for the teachers and students, Police resource officers can catch and deal with many other issues as well.

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