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Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:58

Bugera wants feedback on high school liaison officer

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By John R. Statton
Swift Current
Councillor Tim Bugera is concerned over the lack of support for a school liaison officer for Swift Current’s Comp. High School.

Bugera noted discussions on the matter had become too political in nature, neglecting to focus on the youths it is meant to serve.

“It was the school board’s position that they had no funding, and then they came out with this big surplus of money from last year,” he said.
“At that time, the City asked them to look at funding the position, and they said they’d rather focus on education.”

Bugera noted that the liaison officer is 90 per cent education. Their goal is to educate students and move forward.

He noted the pillars of the Drug Taskforce are prevention, treatment, reducing harm, and community justice; the same pillars of a liaison officer. The Taskforce is comprised of community members, police, and school representatives.

“Of course it’s not just focusing on drugs; it’s bullying and all that stuff as well,” he said. “I was a little disappointed, with the comments made by the school.”

Bugera received numerous phone calls last weekend from concerned parents, regarding the need of a school liaison officer.

“They thought they had nowhere to turn, to get information, and had nowhere to find information on where to go or what to do,” he said. “They could go to a resource officer for that guidance.”

Bugera was concerned the resources were not available to community members who needed them.

“Now the school board is saying that the issues in the school are no different than they were 20 years ago, that it’s no worse,” he said.
“If that is the case in Swift Current, good for them, because everywhere else in the country it’s up: the issues are up, drugs are up, and bullying is up.”

Bugera indicated City administration and council were taking another look at the possibility of a liaison officer in Swift Current.

“Just because youth can’t vote it doesn’t mean they aren’t as important as everyone else,” he said. “We can’t just worry about those who pay taxes.”

Bugera plans to travel to various cities across the province and meet with their liaison officers. He wants community involvement and has set up an e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“If you support it or don’t support it, I want to hear your comments,” he said.

“I encourage people that are adamant about helping out the youth with these issues, I’d love to hear from the community on what they have to say.”

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