School Liaison Officer
Which schools does the officer work in?
The Liaison assists West De Pere's Hemlock Elementary and Pulaski's Hillcrest Elementary.
What is a Police School Liaison Officer?
A Police School Liaison Officer is a law enforcement officer assigned to the school. The purpose of having a Hobart/Lawrence Liaison Officer (HLLO) at school is to assist the school in maintaining a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. The HLLO interacts positively with students to gain confidence and trust. Students who choose illegal behaviors are held accountable by the HLLO through referrals to Social Service or citations. The HLLO actively supports the school's policy to discipline student behavior that threatens the health or safety of others.
Will I be notified before an officer interviews my child?
Law enforcement officers are not required by law to notify parents prior to interviewing a student. However, It is the policy of the Hobart Lawrence Police Department to notify the parent/guardian as soon as it is practical.
Are other law enforcement officers allowed to interview students at school?
Yes. West DePere and Pulaski School Districts along with local law enforcement have established a partnership for the safety and well-being of all students. Interviews are conducted discreetly and only when necessary with the least amount of disruption to the student’s schedule.
Is information shared with the Hobart Lawrence Liaison Officer confidential?
The HLLO will notify school administrators concerning information that may jeopardize the health or safety of others within the school - Wis. Stats. Secs. 938.396 (1m) (a), (am), (ar), and (b). Physical and sexual abuse of a child (under 18) is reported to Social Services as mandated by law – Wis. Stats. 48.981 (2). All other information is kept confidential.
Can the Hobart Lawrence Liaison Officer search a student and their belongings at any time?
The HLLO, acting upon the request of a school administrator who has reasonable suspicion that a student has contraband, can conduct a warrantless search of a student, student’s belongings, and a vehicle within the student’s control, which is parked on school property. State v. Angelia D. B. 211 Wis.2d 140 (1997).