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Fortuna Police Department

Posted on: August 10, 2017



The City of Fortuna Police Department (FPD) is proud to introduce Lindsey Frank as the new School Resource Officer (SRO).  Officer Frank is an experienced Police Officer with over 9 years in law enforcement and began work as the SRO in early July.

In preparing for the upcoming school year, Officer Frank spent her summer attending specialized training and conducting outreach with the Humboldt County Office of Education and Juvenile Probation while working with other school resource officers and agencies to build partnerships between students, parents and school staff.   

In 2012, the School Resource Officer position was eliminated due to budgetary constraints.  According to Police Chief Bill Dobberstein, “Fortuna has worked with the County to build support for reinstatement of a School Resource Officer to serve schools in Fortuna and throughout the Eel River Valley area. The award of $145,580 in Measure Z funds to the Fortuna Police Department was critical to making the School Resource Officer a reality.”

Tami Trent, Fortuna Mayor Pro Tem stated that “the City of Fortuna will be purchasing equipment for the SRO with voter approved Measure E funds to leverage county funding support.  This enables us to provide a critical investment in the youth, families and schools of Fortuna.”

Officer Frank will service schools throughout the Eel River Valley area including the communities of Fortuna, Rio Dell, Scotia, Hydesville, Carlotta, Ferndale and Loleta.

The School Resource Officer serves as a critical resource to students, parents and staff by taking the lead on programs to improve student behavior and attendance in school.  Examples include the “Parent Project” which focuses on unruly student behavior in the home and at school.  The SRO will also work with the School Attendance Review Board to focus on truancy issues while participating in a multitude of school events targeting engagement with students and actively being a readily available resource. 

The Fortuna Police Department and Fortuna Union High School District have worked closely throughout the reinstatement process.  The District will provide office space at Fortuna Union High School for the new SRO position and supportive services available to schools within the region.

School starts this Monday, August 14th at Fortuna Union High School and Officer Frank is excited and ready to interact with students, parents and school staff in this new position.   “I’m ready for the challenge and the opportunity to actively work with the unique needs of youth within the communities of the Eel River Valley” stated Frank.

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