South Haven schools will once again have the presence of a police officer within the district. A two year contract was approved this week by the school board. The cost has not been established, but its estimated to cost the school system around $70,000 per year, with benefits. The officer will come from the city police department. It's been four years since an officer was under contract with the school district. Police Chief Tom Martin tells the "Herald-Palladium" he hopes his department can build "a very strong rapport with the students and faculty." The district is responsible for the officer's salary and benefits during the school year, but not the summer months. The program's goal includes prevention of juvenile delinquency, mentoring students, and establishing a stronger bond between the schools, students and social agencies.
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