The Safety Officer position is part of the Security Unit at the Portage County Sheriff's Office. 2013 will be a busy year in the schools of Portage County. The new Safety Officer, Megann Nowinsky, will be busy teaching and coordinating programs throughout the county.
The Safety Officer is responsible for the Portage County Sheriff's Office programs listed below:
The Portage County Sheriff's Office offers school safety programs in nine different schools in Portage County. All the schools are located in the jurisdiction of Portage County. The schools are:
Almond High and Elementary School
Amherst High and Elementary School
Grant Elementary School, Kellner
J.F. Kennedy Elementary, Village of Junction City
McDill Elementary, Village of Whiting
Rosholt High and Elementary School
St. Adalberts Elementary and Middle School, Rosholt
Sacred Heart Elementary and Middle School, Polonia
The schools are provided with a list of programs offered at the beginning of the year. They are as follows:
Latch Key Program
9-1-1 Emergency Phone Calls
Drug Free Programs
Eddie the Eagle-Gun Safety
Code React Drills
Driver's Education Talks
Alcohol and Drugs Talks
Safety Cadet Training
Sheriff's Office Tours
Sexual Assault Talks
These are the programs offered to the schools but not limited to since the school will request presentations related to specific problems that arise throughout the school year including bully talks, personal space, and inappropriate touching.
Programs that were completed in the year 2012-2013 and the approximate students participating:
Stranger Awareness - 306 students (all Kindergarten)
Latch Key - 250 Students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades)
K.I.D.S. Fingerprinting - 306 students (all Kindergarten)
9-1-1 Emergency Phone Calls - 100 students (1st & 2nd grades, JFK & Rosholt)
Counter ACT - 351 students (all 5th or 6th grade students in six of the nine schools)
Code React Drills - (all students in the nine schools)
Poison Awareness - 306 students (all Kindergarten)
Eddie The Eagle Gun Safety - 100 students (1st & 2nd grades, JFK and Rosholt)
Bike Safety - 1500+ students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades)
Bike Rodeo - 1200+ students (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades)
Sheriff's Office Tours - 20 tours with an average of 15 students per tour
Safety Cadets - 355 students (4th, 5th, and 6th grades)
Driver's Education talks - 500+ students (three different driving schools in the county)
Vandalism - 150 students (4th grade)
Internet Safety - 400 students (5th & 6th grade and Adults)
Bully Talk - 350 students (14 classes - All grades)
Personal Space/Inappropriate Touching - 180 students (All ages)
Sexual Assault Talks - 350 Students (Middle School and High School Students)
Programs also offered are: shoplifting talks, abduction prevention, and other programs related to safety.
Most of the topics listed above are one session talks. The Counter ACT program is more in depth and is six one hour sessions which include a presentation to the parents. Each program has material handouts for the students, which include workbooks and fun stuff for the kids. We also have gun lock giveaways and bike helmets available for families that can't afford them.
We also conduct Neighborhood Watch program. We have a strong existing Neighborhood Watch Program and it continues to grow. We also do talks at daycares, elderly housing complexes and driver education classes.
Citizen's Patrol Academy
In March of 2007, the Citizen's Patrol Academy was started back up by the Safety Officer. We had ten students sign up and complete all the classes. The Academy ran for ten weeks, one night a week, usually on Wednesdays for two hours. The classes consisted of a jail section, patrol section, OWI stops, accident reconstruction, vehicle contacts, emergency vehicle driving, firearms, defense and arrest tactics and drug investigations. Most of the students also participated in the ride along program making their class time just a little longer to better their knowledge about our department.
DEPUTY MEGANN NOWINSKY