New school officer walking hallowed Snohomish High
Doug Ramsay photo
Snohomish High School’s resource officer Andre Loranc
watches as students stroll through the SHS courtyard.
SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High School’s new resource officer made a winning first impression handing out sugar cookies to dozens of students at Thursday’s Coffee with a Cop event.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Andre Loranc connected with students while helping the coffee station keep up with the crowd before the school bell rang.
Loranc began at SHS on Aug. 20 with six years in law enforcement under his belt, including a year-and-a-half with the Snohomish Police Department.
His passion for the position was obvious on the rainy morning as he chatted with students, shook hands and shared about the unique role and how he landed it.
Loranc spent 2017 and 2018 getting to know the city, and now he’s utilizing the contacts he made and what he’s learned about Snohomish culture on his unique beat.
He’s always had an affinity for working with youth because he grew up being influenced by police in Monroe.
“My family was on the other side of law enforcement,” Loranc remembered. When police officers came to his home, he remembered their encouragement, and that they saw the good choices he was making. It was that encouragement and guidance he channels in his career.
A school resource officer like Loranc is far more than a highly trained hall monitor.
Hall monitor? “That’s my job,” joked principal Eric Cahan.
Cahan said he’s worked at schools with SROs and ones without.
Having an officer on campus “completely changes the culture for the kids, and it changes the culture for the community,” he said. “You’d be surprised how often people use the SRO as a resource.”
Loranc provides staff trainings and giving in-class presentations on safety and other topics. He fields traffic questions from new drivers, encouraging contact rather than trying to scare anyone into behaving. And he does walk the campus, handling anything that pops up, and assisting in safety drills.
But he also spends a great deal of time on research, he shared. Loranc participates in a national SRO organization that studies school shootings and other safety-related concerns. He monitors trends and keeps up with new safety protocols in a world where pulling a fire alarm may be a ruse by a shooter to get students out of classrooms. He applies
what he learns toward assessing and improving school safety.
Safety is about being aware, Loranc said.
Aware is what students are of the heavy police presence on campus for the early morning Coffee with a Cop. There’s a small fleet of cruisers in the parking lot and a crowd of officers inside.
But as police reach out to students with coffee, sweets and agenda-free communication, Loranc succeeds at one of his goals: He wants students to experience police presence as helpful, not as ruining anyone’s day.
And when his day in uniform ends, he’ll keep being there for youth as an assistant varsity football coach for the Monroe Bearcats.
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