Humboldt Schools To Get Familiar Face As New Resource Officer

By: Jacob Sexton — jacobs@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, IA — A new addition is coming to the Humboldt school district this year as a new school Resource Officer will be added to the ranks.

Former recreation director Susan Rutz will be roaming the halls this school year after finishing her 16 week period in the Iowa Law Enforcement program to become a certified officer for the state of Iowa.

Rutz started her time in the program on April 29th and will officially begin with the school on Friday even though Rutz says she has already met with the school and staff.

Rutz’s title will be Student Resource Officer and she went into more detail about the specifics of the job when stopping by KHBT.

“My role is Student Resource Officer and what that looks like is one, keep the school safe. That’s the number one priority is keeping the school safe. Two, building relationships in the school with students that, maybe, haven’t had a good interaction with law enforcement, or maybe just need someone to talk to. So, when we talk about school resource, that’s what it is, I’m a resource for those students. Fact is, we don’t want students to have to be in charge of some of the things at home like food and shelter and all that, but they might, so I would be helping them with community resources.” – Officer Susan Rutz

Officer Rutz says she is excited to begin her new position and is looking forward to building on relationships new and old. School starts this Friday for grades 5-12 in the Humboldt school district.