Estevan's police chief is giving his input after a series of violent incidents at Estevan Comprehensive School has forced the high school to bring in new safety measures, including an enhanced police presence.
EPS Chief Rich Lowen said there have been five police reports filed in the last few months stemming from incidents at the high school, with charges being laid in two of those incidents.
"It's always concerning when people are looking after kids," Lowen said. "Even though they're high school kids, they're still our children. So we want to make sure that they have a safe environment to be in."
"Our biggest goal is to work together with the Comp to try and provide that kind of safe environment for them."
Lowen said there will be more officers visible at the school on a regular basis.
"Part of the solution is to try and have an increased presence," he said. "We'll try to do a walk through, to go to the school every school day, to make sure we have a good connection with the principal, vice principal, and the students as well."
Lowen added that social services, mental health services, and youth probation will also have a role in the collaborative plan.
"It doesn't always have to be a police response, it's not always criminal in nature, but we have to be there when it does become criminal in nature," he said. "It's not feasible for us to be there all the time...we have other responsibilities in the city, and that's part of the solution is to just work together with the school to get the kids what they need."
Lowen said he's seen this type of activity at other schools at different points in his career.
"There's been different responses through out the years. There's been kind of a push to get police out of schools in the last little while, to get the resources to the schools to look after the kids as opposed to a police response," Lowen said. "We'd just like to encourage that we're part of the partnership in the team, we're not the driving force but we're there when the school needs us."
Lowen said there will continue to be education-based police appearances at the school, including for drug awareness and bullying.