By David Fleet
Goodrich — On Monday night, the school board of trustees introduced Genesee County Sheriff Deputy Brian Compeau as the new school resource officer.
Compeau is a Goodrich resident, a 2002 Goodrich High School graduate and has two children in the district. He replaces Deputy Casey Seeley who served since 2019 and was the first SRO for the school district.
“He is going to be a great addition to our team,” said Wayne Wright, district superintendent. “He knows exactly what is going on in the district and area.”
Compeau has been with the Genesee County Sheriff Office since 2007 and has served in a variety of positions.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Compeau. “I’ve been part of the community for a long time. It’s nice to be a part of my family’s hometown community.”
In March 2019, the school board of trustees voted 7-0 to join with Atlas Township to sub-contract with the Genesee County Sheriff Office for a school resource officer. The SRO will serve nine months with the school district and three months on patrol in Atlas Township.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson emphasized the importance of a school resource officer.
“Today the nation sees the value of a trained professional in the schools,” said Swanson. “Be assured in Genesee County, unlike they did at Uvalde Elementary in Texas, we will not hesitate, we are going in to stop any and all threats in the classroom. We will not wait for backup or when the conditions are right, the Genesee County Sheriff deputies are committed and trained to move forward.”
Currently, there are 11 school resource officers in Genesee County serving at the GISD, Goodrich and Clio school districts in addition to a special Genesee County Circuit Court school. Mt. Morris Consolidated School District will be adding an SRO this fall.
The Genesee Sheriff Office currently has 10 attending the police academy this fall.
By David Fleet