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Returing to assignment he had from 2013-17, Gladstone cop works with students in all four of city's schools

After two years exploring other roles with the Gladstone Police Department, Eric Graves is returning to the job he likes best. As school resource officer, he works in all four Gladstone schools.

COURTESY PHOTO - Officer Eric Graves has returned to the role he loves best, Gladstone's school resource officer. "Our schools are at the heart of Gladstone, so working here is a way to be involved with the whole community," he said. "I love connecting with kids so when they need me, they know me as a trusted adult."

Gladstone's school resource officer from 2013-17, Graves then became a detective before being promoted to sergeant. After serving a year as sergeant, he decided it was not a good fit for him and requested to go back into Gladstone schools. Officer Lee Gilliam, the most recent school resource officer, had opened up the position by moving to Gladstone's detective division.

Now Graves is again spending time serving breakfast at the elementary school, reading to kindergarteners, presenting on Kraxberger's career day, or helping with mock interviews at Gladstone High School.

"Guiding and mentoring students is an important part of my role, educating teens about the law and showing them their choices matter," Graves said. "I want them to know that when they make good choices, good things happen."


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