Dave Ringe Perfect Fit as New Full-Time Resource Officer in City Schools

 09/12/2018 - 22:08
Saline Police Officer Dave Ringe, known affectionally to locals simply as Officer Dave, addressed Saline Area Schools Board of Education trustees Tuesday night, reporting a smooth transition into his new full-time role as school resource officer for district buildings within the city proper. Ringe has worked closely with Saline students for the majority of his 25 years with the department.

Newly hired School Resource Officer Dave Ringe was on hand at the Saline Area Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to offer insight into his first few days in the recently-created, full-time position, informing trustees that the situation has already proven extremely beneficial for both himself as well as the school community in general.

Superintendent Scot Graden said he and colleagues long desired a resource officer for district buildings within the city.

“We always felt like there needed to be a way for us to better partner with the Saline Police,” Graden said, noting Ringe was the perfect man for the job given his many prior years of work with district children. “Over this long period of time of our close relationship, Officer Dave Ringe has been actively involved and so his appointment from the Saline Police Department to us makes a great deal of sense and is something Officer Ringe and I have talked about for years and years and years.”

Ringe smiled widely as he addressed trustees from the boardroom podium.

“This has been an honor and a privilege to do this,” he said. “This is like my pinnacle of my career and I have always been looking forward to this.”

A Saline Police veteran, Ringe said he recently turned over his 25th year with the department. In 1996, he was trained to implement the now defunct D.A.R.E, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, curriculum and he continued offering similar resources and information to students even when the program formally went away.

 “Over the years I’ve been educating youth from Kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade,” he said.

Ringe said the relationships he has formed are as real and as meaningful as others in his life.

“It’s kind of like, you know, getting back to a family,” he said. “All the kids, the parents, even all the staff, it’s just like one big family.”

Ringe’s school kin have even become multigenerational.

“Well, it’s kind of scary. I have some teachers now that were former D.A.R.E students,” he said, prompting a laugh from trustees.

Board member Karen Delhy echoed the sentiments of her fellow trustees in stating just how well loved and revered Ringe has been to so many people involved with the district over the years.

“It seems like a natural fit,” she said. “All the kids know Officer Dave.”

Graden said he certainly has noticed the positive impact Ringe and other officers have made as the fall semester gets under way, especially in their efforts to control morning and afternoon traffic around school buildings.

“Early in the year, as you well know, the traffic areas are some of the ones that are most concerning to us from a student and parent safety perspective,” Graden said, adding “being present in these parking lots and these bus loops is really where the nature of, when you talk about a safe environment, where the action is.”

Ringe said it has been challenging yet rewarding spreading his presence and influence amongst the city’s handful of schools.

“It’s almost to the point where I’m not overwhelmed but it’s like I want to be in every building all at once and I can’t be everywhere all at once,” he said.

Yet Ringe’s abiding sentiment concerning his new job appears to be one of personal fulfillment and happiness.

“But it’s really an honor and a pure joy,” he said.

 

Newly hired School Resource Officer Dave Ringe was on hand at the Saline Area Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to offer insight into his first few days in the recently-created, full-time position, informing trustees that the situation has already proven extremely beneficial for both himself as well as the school community in general.

Superintendent Scot Graden said he and colleagues long desired a resource officer for district building within the city.

“We always felt like there needed to be a way for us to better partner with the Saline Police,” Graden said, noting Ringe was the perfect man for the job given his many prior years of work with district children. “Over this long period of time of our close relationship, Officer Dave Ringe has been actively involved and so his appointment from the Saline Police Department to us makes a great deal of sense and is something Officer Ringe and I have talked about for years and years and years.”

Ringe smiled widely as he addressed trustees from the boardroom podium.

“This has been an honor and a privilege to do this,” he said. “This is like my pinnacle of my career and I have always been looking forward to this.”

A Saline Police veteran, Ringe said he recently turned over his 25th year with the department. In 1996, he was trained to implement the now defunct D.A.R.E, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, curriculum and he continued offering similar resources and information to students even when the program formally went away.

 “Over the years I’ve been educating youth from Kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade,” he said.

Ringe said the relationships he has formed are as real and as meaningful as others in his life.

“It’s kind of like, you know, getting back to a family,” he said. “All the kids, the parents, even all the staff, it’s just like one big family.”

Ringe’s school kin have even become multigenerational.

“Well, it’s kind of scary. I have some teachers now that were former D.A.R.E students,” he said, prompting a laugh from trustees.

Board member Karen Delhy echoed the sentiments of her fellow trustees in stating just how well loved and revered Ringe has been to so many people involved with the district over the years.

“It seems like a natural fit,” she said. “All the kids know Officer Dave.”

Graden said he certainly has noticed the positive impact Ringe and other officers have made as the fall semester gets under way, especially in their efforts to control morning and afternoon traffic around school buildings.

“Early in the year, as you well know, the traffic areas are some of the ones that are most concerning to us from a student and parent safety perspective,” Graden said, adding “being present in these parking lots and these bus loops is really where the nature of, when you talk about a safe environment, where the action is.”

Ringe said it has been challenging yet rewarding spreading his presence and influence amongst the city’s handful of schools.

“It’s almost to the point where I’m not overwhelmed but it’s like I want to be in every building all at once and I can’t be everywhere all at once,” he said.

Yet Ringe’s abiding sentiment concerning his new job appears to be one of personal fulfillment and happiness.

“But it’s really an honor and a pure joy,” he said.

 

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