Airdrie, Alberta – The Airdrie RCMP now have two (2) full-time School Resource Officers dedicated to serving all elementary, middle, and high schools within Airdrie, AB.
Cst. Morley Statchuk and Cst. Dustin Mengerink will be serving in schools this year and are excited and anxious to get working with students and staff.
Cst. Statchuk is now entering his third year with the schools in Airdrie. He is primarily responsible for the high schools but, has worked with numerous other schools within the city. Cst. Statchuk has worked his entire RCMP career in Alberta which included policing experience in both urban and rural settings. He has extensive experience in general duty policing and enjoys community policing and working with youth. Cst. Statchuk explains, “I appreciate the City of Airdrie and the RCMP for having dedicated positions to work within all the schools.”
Cst. Mengerink is brand new to Airdrie and is entering his first year as a School Resource Officer. He is primarily responsible for all elementary and middle schools within Airdrie. Cst. Mengerink has previously served in B.C. which included general duty policing in both urban and rural settings. Cst. Mengerink said, “I’m excited to be working in Airdrie and I’m looking forward to getting to know the students and staff.”
School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement officers with the RCMP. They are in place to assist with school safety, provide a visible and positive image of law enforcement, and build relationships with youth, the school, and the community. The officers provide advice and guidance, and are often seen as a friend or mentor to students rather than a uniformed officer.