OCPD's newly expanded school-resource-officer program splits time between Oregon City High School and other schools in the district

During a recent ride-along, I was lucky to take a photograph of both Steve Heryford and David Plummer, Oregon City Police Department's two school resource officers.

PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Steve Heryford (left) and David Plummer are Oregon City Police Department's two school resource officers concentrating on OCHS.Ever since OCPD went from one to two school resource officers last month, they rarely get a break from their efforts to keep drugs out of kids' hands and give them positive interactions with cops. They typically split off between Oregon City High School and another random school in the district, cruising the parking lots "just to make sure everyone's behaving" and then greeting students as they enter the main doors of the schools.

PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - David Plummer, an OCPD school resource officer, often can be seen patroling the halls at Oregon City High School.When the first bell rings, they're on the lookout in the hallways for stragglers, who usually will dart into classes as soon as they see a police uniform. By this time, they've probably received their first call from one of OCSD's dozen schools administrators who have the officers' cell phone numbers on speed dial so they don't have to go through 911 dispatch.

OCSD's No. 1 call is for suspected drug use by youth, with fights between students the second-most common. A 17-year-old OCHS student recently was expelled for dealing LSD after Plummer searched the student's phone, but marijuana more frequently falls into the hands of kids. According to anonymous surveys conducted by the Oregon Health Authority, 22.4 percent of Clackamas County 11th-graders and 7.7 percent of eighth-graders reported using marijuana in the month prior to the 2015 survey, up from 20.5 percent of 11th-graders and 7.6 percent of eighth-graders in 2013 (the 2017 survey currently is being conducted).

"With it being legalized for people 21 and over, lots of kids seem to be trying it," Plummer said. "Especially with the depressed kids, one of the common factors is that they're using marijuana. It's out of control."

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