IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Iron Mountain Public Schools now have a school resource officer.
School is now in session for Iron Mountain Police Department Sergeant, Adam Ray, and his K9, Falcon.
"It's been good, I think the kids are starting to adjust to me and it's been a little different, to go from dealing with the majority of older people, out on the street to kids in the school,” said Sgt. Adam Ray the Iron Mountain School Resource Officer and K9 Handler.
Back in November, Iron Mountain voters passed a millage to fund a full-time police liaison officer in public schools. It's been a little over 5 years since one has been in the schools.
Now after 14 years serving in the streets, Officer Ray is walking the halls.
"It's been great. Officer Ray has been meeting with students, staff, and community members getting to know how we do things here,” said the Iron Mountain Public School's Principal for grades 5 through 12, Will Traber.
Officer Ray hopes to be a trusted resource for the students.
"I have an open door policy, so whenever anyone wants to come in, they can,” he said.
Having an officer in the school also offers a sense of safety.
"It gives students the feeling of being comfortable in the school. Felling a little safer,” said Officer Ray.
Officer Ray will handle complaints and many different types of reports, and incidents, but most importantly serves as a liaison between the police department and the schools.
"It gives students the opportunity to get to know officers in a positive light,” said Traber.
Between North Elementary, and the middle and high school, Officer Ray is excited to take on this challenge.
"I really hope to develop a better relationship with all of the kids and the teachers and the school, and I look forward to doing this for a while,” he said.