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Papago Community,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself:

 My name is Officer John Harpster.  I consider myself very fortunate to be an officer with the City of Phoenix and your School Resource Officer.  I have worked as an officer in Phoenix for 15 years. I have worked in different parts of the city, and in different police capacities. My latest assignment is as the specialty detail of SRO which I have served in for the last 12 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and have an affinity for teaching.

 My assignment here is facilitated through an Arizona State School Safety Grant which has three priorities for my position: 

  1.  School safety (to keep the school and everyone in it safe)
  2. Law Related Education (LRE)
  3. Investigate any criminal activity 

Through the Law Related Education, I am required by the School Safety Grant to teach at Papago for 180 hours a school year.  This gives me the opportunity to visit classrooms and assist teachers with instruction that has a law related theme. The plan is for introduction lessons between August –September and in October provide a Halloween Safety lessons. 

In my introduction lesson I give an explanation of my job duties on campus as well as talk about the tools I use to facilitate my work as a police officer and the science and technology behind them.

I look forward to serving this community! 

Thank you,

Officer Harpster 7848

Phoenix Police Department

Papago School Resource Officer

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