Safety Security Staff
The District is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We understand students learn best when they can attend classes in a secure and welcoming environment. Our highly-trained safety and security staff monitor campuses, protect our schools and respond to emergencies.
School Resource Officers: SBLSD has two uniformed law enforcement School Resource Officers (SROs) for schools within the Sumner and Bonney Lake city limits. Officer Watson (Sumner Police Department) and Officer Wolschleger (Bonney Lake Police Department) are a welcomed part of our school communities, helping build and maintain relationships with police, students, families and staff. SROs also promote a safe learning environment and act as educational resources. For schools located outside city limits, the District is in discussion with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and will have SROs at those schools in the future.
Campus Safety Officers: There are two Campus Safety Officers at each high school and one at each middle school. These District employees help maintain order and discipline, prevent crime, and help investigate violations of school rules and policies. All Campus Safety Officers are trained in the most up-to-date best practices including first aid, Right Response, CPR, AED and Crisis Intervention. Our Campus Safety Officers work with building administrative teams to ensure student and staff safety.
Safety and security staff receive a number of trainings with local law enforcement and local jurisdictions to enhance our ability to respond quickly and effectively when there is a threat to student safety. Training includes:
- Constitutional & Civil Rights of Children in School
- Child Adolescent Development (Adolescent Brain Development)
- Trauma Informed Approaches
- Recognition and Responding to Youth Mental Health Issues
- Educational Rights of Students With Disabilities; Disability and Behavior; Best Practices for Interacting With Students With Disabilities
- Collateral Consequences of Arrest, Referral for Prosecution & Court Involvement
- Community Resources: Alternatives to Arrest & Prosecution; Pathways to Access Services w/o court or Criminal Justice Involvement
- Disparities in the Use of Force and Arrests of Children
- De-Escalation Techniques
- Restraint and Isolation in Schools
- Bias Free Policing; Cultural Competency; Diversity Training
- FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
- Restorative Justice Principles and Practices
School Board policies
- Policy No. 4310: District Relationships with Law Enforcement and Other Government Agencies
- Policy No. 4311: School Safety and Security Services Program
- Policy No. 3226: Interviews and Interrogations of Students on School Premises by Outside Agencies (Policy No. 3226P)
School Resource Officers back in our schools
In an effort to maintain safe environments in schools, the District has formalized a School Resource Officer program with the City of Bonney Lake and the City of Sumner. The partnership re-establishes a dedicated School Resource Officer (SRO) at those schools within Bonney Lake and Sumner city limits.
The responsibilities of SROs are similar to regular police officers in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction. However, beyond law enforcement, SROs also serve as educators, emergency managers, and informal counselors.
Officer Matt Watson, Sumner Police Department
Serving SHS, SMS, DVE, MLE, and SELC
Sumner Police Officer Matt Watson is the new School Resource Officer (SRO) for our schools in Sumner, serving Sumner High School, Sumner Middle School, Daffodil Valley Elementary, Maple Lawn Elementary and the new Sumner Early Learning Center.
Watson has worked in a variety of roles during his 17 years with the Sumner Police Department, including a two-year stint as SRO from 2004 to 2006, a member of the Metro SWAT team, and most recently as the department’s firearms instructor.
When asked how he goes about fostering positive relationships with students, Watson believes it starts with being yourself.
“As a police officer, it’s important to get kids to realize that I’m just a normal guy when I’m not in this uniform, and if I can do that, positive relationships will come much more naturally,” Watson said. “Kids are smart and they can immediately see if you aren’t being your true self. In being personable with students, I like to share stories about my weekend or a sports game, for example.”
While he wears a police uniform at work, the uniform doesn’t define him. Watson points out that he’s the same person both on and off duty, showing respect toward others regardless of different backgrounds or opinions.
Born and raised in Olympia, Watson has two children: Connor, 14, and Payton, 9. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, boating and hiking. Once an avid softball player, he’s now a spectator at his kids’ baseball and fastpitch games.
Officer Daron Wolschleger, Bonney Lake Police Department
Serving BLHS, MMS, LMS, BLE, EHE, and VFE
Bonney Lake Police Officer Daron Wolschleger is back as the School Resource Officer (SRO) for our schools in Bonney Lake, serving Bonney Lake High School, Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Bonney Lake Elementary, Emerald Hills Elementary and Victor Falls Elementary.
With the Bonney Lake Police Department since 2003, Wolschleger has sporadically served as SRO since the 2009-10 school year.
“I’m excited to be back in the schools to create positive interactions with students,” Wolschleger said. “I make a deliberate point of making myself visible at lunch and in hallways, showing kids that police officers are friendly and can be trusted. My hope is to build relationships with students so they might respect authority while learning that not all interaction with law enforcement is negative.”
A familiar face over the last 10 years, Wolschleger has developed strong relationships with staff and students. In addition to his role as SRO, he leads Districtwide water safety assemblies delivering the SwimSafe message with East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Originally from Enumclaw, Wolschleger lives in the Bonney Lake area with his family and enjoys music in his spare time.