Safety changes & school resource officers making a difference in Yakima schools

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Crime Stoppers will begin regular meetings to address student safety. They will happen every other month.

Organizers want to improve the school Crime Stoppers program and other strategies. A representative from each school, the student resource officer and student body president will be there.

They're supposed to help schools like Stanton Academy that just added a full time SRO.

"The importance of the presence here is just the simple fact that I'm an armed commissioned officer," said Stanton SRO Officer Nate Henyan. "I have the training experience that goes along with that. And I can make decisions that others might not be able to make."

Since making the recent changes, Officer Nate Henyan says there haven't been as many criminal incidents at Stanton.

He says the relationship he's formed with the student's is invaluable.

"I've has a number of students come to talk about issues at home," said Officer Henyan. "Come to talk about jobs. I've sat down and completed job applications."

Henyan began as the Stanton SRO last October.

"I just love these kids," he said.