CAPITAL REGION (NEWS10) - Kids in the Capital Region are starting school this week.
Students in several districts will be greeted by someone new this year, armed resource officers.
With less than 24 hours to go to the first day of school, Deputy Nathaniel Bray showed NEWS10 ABC his new office.
He says he hopes to spend as little time in here as possible.
“I want to be out there talking to the kids.”
The newly selected school resource officer for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo district has been with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office for more than two years. He recently completed 40 hours of school resource officer training- he says the key word in that title is “Resource”.
“We are there to be a resource for the students. You know if they’ve got problems such as bullying. Or you know a lot of stuff is going on at home, where they don’t want to call the police, but just talk to someone.”
Bray joins a growing number of resource officers assigned to Capital Region school districts. A reaction to growing concern over school safety. The deputy doesn’t see his job as simply being a security guard.
“You know we are not here with big guns. We are there as a resource to keep the kids safe and that’s really what everyone should want,” Bray said.
“The running joke is that I just finished high school. But in reality, it wasn’t that far away.”
As a baby-faced 24-year-old, he believes he will be able to relate to students, especially the high schoolers.
“We know what Snapchat is we know what Instagram is. There are no tricks that they’re going to be able to hide on.”
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