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In third year without police in schools, St. Paul district deepens new approaches to safety


November 3, 2022

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Humboldt High School support liaison Porshay Poe meets with students in the hallway as they make their way to class in St. Paul on Wednesday.

Three years into life without school resource officers, St. Paul Public Schools has upped deployment of its student-friendly liaisons and embarked on an effort to reduce violence in the secondary schools.

Thirty-eight school support liaisons now walk hallways and drive streets in the state's second-largest district - more than twice as many as a year ago.

Nearly four out of five are people of color and all have an eye toward building relationships with students, many of whom have tipped liaisons to potential trouble, Laura Olson, the district's security and emergency management director, told school board members during a presentation Tuesday.


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