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Otter Tail County Sheriff Deputy is new Underwood Public Schools resource officer

Deputy Carla Doll recently started her work as the student resource officer at Underwood Public Schools.

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Deputy Carla Doll sits with a group of students.
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UNDERWOOD — Deputy Carla Doll, a seven-year veteran in the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, has begun the school year in the Underwood School District as the new school resource officer (SRO). Doll is available to educate students on acceptable behavior in schools and the community while teaching students crime prevention and personal safety.

Doll attended Minnesota State in Fergus Falls and earned a Law Enforcement Skills Certificate through Alexandria Technical College. She is also a certified Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) instructor. Over the past five years, Deputy Doll has had the opportunity to provide D.A.R.E training for the Underwood sixth-grade students.

“As a law enforcement officer, it is important to build healthy positive relationships with youth, teachers and parents,” said Doll. “As a parent and a law enforcement officer, the safety and well-being of each student, teacher, staff and parent of the Underwood school community is my main goal.”

Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons said the position was created after discussion with the school administration and the sheriff’s office. "The SRO will perform law enforcement duties, develop educational crime prevention programs and serve as a liaison between the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and the Underwood School District,” he shared.

By being in the school on a regular basis, the SRO is available to staff and students to assist in disciplinary issues. Officer Doll will help train and educate students and staff, assist in the evaluation and implementation of safety plans as well as act as a liaison between the school and the sheriff’s office.

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“With the SRO position in our school, it is another person that can support, collaborate and ensure our school is a safe place to learn,” said Superintendent Jeff Wilson. “The SRO also becomes a dependable, appreciated member of the school community who students look to for advice and support.”

“I have already had the opportunity to build many relationships within the school,” Doll shared. “I am excited to build positive relationships and I look forward to mentoring and encouraging the students in their day-to-day activities.”

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