La Crosse PD offers message of support no matter the outcome of the La Crosse School District SRO Program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — After months of research and speaking with the community, La Crosse School District superintendent Aaron Engel presented his review and recommendations for the school resource officer program.

The superintendent said the statistics for La Crosse School District mirrored the school to prison pipeline, and changes needed to be made. He recommended that the amount of officers in the program would be reduced over the next two school years.

“I’m hopeful as we work together and think through the issue, that the board asked good questions and got the feedback they need to make a good decision,” said Aaron Engel, superintendent of the La Crosse School District.

Engel says he sees both sides, which helped him come to the conclusion of reducing the amount of officers in the program. La Crosse Police Department officials say no matter the decision the school board makes, they still want to support schools.

“The police department is more than willing to work with the school district in any capacity as we move forward. We want to be a good partner and just ensure that we are providing a high level of service to our schools, our students and the staff at those schools,” said Captain Jason Melby.

The La Crosse School Board will meet again on December 21-st to vote on whether the board accepts the review by superintendent Engel.