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Meet Officer Chris Darcy, the Windsor Police Department’s choice for school resource officer

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Windsor Police Officer Chris Darcy likes patrolling without his patrol car.

Darcy has been the bicycle patrol officer for the police department, and will continue to make connections with the Windsor community without being behind the steering wheel as the school resource officer.

While on bicycle patrol, Darcy had already made some connections with area children, and through events like the Community Bike Night, when he led a bicycle parade around Windsor Lake.

"I love bike patrol because it really gets you out in front of people," he said. "You're not behind that steering wheel in that patrol car with the windows up and you're a lot more approachable."

“I see each incident over there as an opportunity to redirect these kids, so if they’re making those bad decisions, [we] can hopefully get them on the right track,”Officer Chris DarcyWindsor Police

He hopes to continue building those connections through his role at the school.

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"I really enjoy working with the kids and with their parents," he said.

Although law enforcement is his first priority at the school, his second priority, Darcy said, will be as an educator and informal counselor.

Through a relationship with students, Darcy said he hopes to be able to prevent them from ending up in the criminal justice system. He will also keep in touch with counselors and parents and discuss with them what the department and town can do to help.

"I see each incident over there as an opportunity to redirect these kids, so if they're making those bad decisions, (we) can hopefully get them on the right track," he said.

With the growing number of students in the district, the police department and Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District decided it was time to have an officer dedicated to the schools. A school resource officer can forge connections with students and enforce the town's laws, and be on site for student safety. Darcy will not, Windsor Police Chief Richard Klimek said, enforce the school's rules, like sending students to detention for being tardy.

The Windsor Re-4 Board of Education approved an agreement with the town at Monday night's meeting, and the agreement is expected to be on the agenda of the Windsor Town Board at its next meeting. The board agreed to share the cost of the school resource officer with the town.

Darcy, who was recently named the Windsor Optimist Club Officer of the Year, worked for the Department of Homeland Security before becoming an officer. He and his family decided several years ago to move to Colorado, where they could spend more time outdoors and in smaller communities.

He started working at the Windsor Police Department in 2015, after a friend of Darcy's who worked at the department described the emphasis the department places on community-oriented policing, such as the kind of work he did for bike patrol.

Lt. Craig Dodd of the Windsor Police Department said a lot of the activity at the police department is related to the schools, and relationship building with students is a high priority of the department.

"All of the schools here, that's kind of the core of our community," he said.

While the police department has not had a designated school resource officer before, the school district Superintendent Dan Seegmiller said the school and department have had an ongoing relationship, and felt with the district's growth that it was time for an officer to be a more constant presence at the school.

"It wasn't that we have some brand new threat," Seegmiller said. "We want to be like we have been in other areas: proactive."

While Darcy will be stationed mostly at the Windsor High School, he will also work with other schools within the town. Seegmiller said he also plans to work with other law enforcement agencies to discuss having a presence at other schools in the district outside the town's jurisdiction, like the new high school that will be built in Severance.

Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District

To learn more about the school district and board of education, or to view meeting agendas and minutes, visit weldre4.org.

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