Resource Officer Cst. Andrea Bole busy at work with the Youth At Risk
Committee visiting Flagstaff Schools!
POSITIVE TICKET PROGRAM
Positive Tickets are given out by RCMP members from the Killam/Forestburg Detachment. They are given to any child or youth seen doing a positive act. This ticket can be redeemed at any store within Flagstaff County bearing the F.I.R.S.T. logo, for the amount of $5.00.
If you are a business that would like to participate in our program, please contact us for more information.
D.A.R.E. Program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The D.A.R.E. program gives kids the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence.
Flagstaff’s School/Community Resource Officer facilitates the D.A.R.E. Program in the schools of Flagstaff County and the Village of Amisk.
Visit the D.A.R.E. official website for more information on their programs.
The PARTY Program is done by a large number of Partners. The idea of the Program is to demonstrate a ‘mock’ motor vehicle collision involving students and their friends.
History of the Flagstaff Community Resource Officer
The Flagstaff Community Resource Officer program came about as a result of several different factors. One of the primary driving forces was a 2001 study on Teenage Drinking and Driving in Rural Alberta which indicated that this behaviour was almost a way of life among some teens.
Teenage drinking and driving was a primary concern, but the FFCS and the RCMP were also keenly aware that domestic violence and bullying were major issues in this region. They had partnered to address domestic violence and bullying on a number of initiatives, including DARE and school-based anti-bullying programs. Work done by Flagstaff’s Initiative to Relationship and Spousal Trauma (FIRST), which is an autonomous board but with close relations to FFCS and the RCMP, also echoed that more could be done to address domestic violence in the community.
In order to sustain and build upon the positive work done by these groups, a full-time resource officer committed specifically to work in the school and the community was needed.
The most unique aspect of the Flagstaff Community Resource Officer program is the partnership put together by the FFCS Director to provide funding for its operation. The partnership is broad and diverse, and earned an Honourable Mention for Partnership for 2008 Minister’s Award for Municipal Excellence.
The objectives of the Community Resource Officer program are:
-To build relationships with school-age children and youth, teachers and family-school liaison workers.
-To visit families who have had a police intervention in family violence, to provide awareness and education, development of safety plans, links to other community resources and assistance with and understanding of the justice system.
-To participate in interagency activities and work closely with school, health and other community agencies.
-Focus on the prevention of domestic violence and bullying, with a large role in cross-sector training and community education.
-To build relationships with school-aged children and youth who are more vulnerable to bullying or more likely to bully other children; and to work with schools and parents to address bullying behaviour.
-Educate high-risk youth drivers on safety, responsibility and good driving practices.
The major strategies of the program to this point have been to work in schools across Flagstaff County, as well as work with agencies and groups to deliver community presentations that meet the current needs of residents (i.e. identity theft, internet safety). The primary target population of the program is school-age students. A secondary target population is the Flagstaff agency community, and the entire community.