The Walled Lake Consolidated School District and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department are partnering again as the district announced the addition of a school liaison officer in the district.
Lee Van Camp was recently assigned to support the district middle school and high school security initiatives, district spokeswoman Judy Evola stated in a news release. Van Camp will travel between buildings and has space at each of the middle school and high school main offices, she said.
Van Camp is an 18-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. He worked for 14 years as a deputy and four years in the Detective Bureau.
“Walled Lake Schools is fortunate to have wonderful relationships with law enforcement officials throughout the nine communities we serve,” Superintendent Kenneth Gutman stated in the release. “We appreciate working with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department and are happy to have reinstated a police liaison position for the 2012-13 school year.”
The district previously utilized Sheriff’s Department deputies at each of its high schools. Evola said the positions were eliminated as a result of budget reductions over the past few years. Despite those cutbacks, she added that safety and security is a priority in the school district.
Safety plans and meetings and conversations with law enforcement officials throughout the district have been ongoing.