Wenatchee Police Chief Asks School Board to Return High School Resource Officer’s Rifle For Campus Security

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WENATCHEE, WA.-Wenatchee Police Chief, Steve Crown sent a letter to the Wenatchee School Board that questions a change in District policy that resulted in the removal of a campus Resource Officer’s department-issued rifle from the High School.

Chief Crown’s letter follows a June 11th school board discussion where School Resource Officer Jared Reinfeld talked about the change in policy and how it could potentially threaten student and staff safety.  The policy was changed in January resulting in the rifle’s removal from its secure location in a locked safe inside the school’s administration building. During the June 11th meeting Board member, Sunny Hemphill said she was uncomfortable with returning the weapon without public input . . .

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But Board member Laura Jaecks countered that she was uncomfortable discussing school security issues in an open public meeting . . .

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In his letter to the board, Chief Crown said the issue was discussed at a recent High School Parent Advisory Group meeting. During that meeting the school resource officer explained that one of the critical factors during a school shooting is the time it takes to address the threat. Officer Reinfeld says if he needs to leave the building to retrieve a rifle during a violent event, those extra seconds could cost lives. Crown has offered to meet with the school board in the future to discuss the matter further.

Click the link below for Chief Crown’s letter to the Wenatchee School Board.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.