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Officer doing his part to protect Borger students

February 1, 2012

One of Borger’s finest is doing his part each day to ensure that the students who walk through the halls of Borger High School are safe, law-abiding citizens.
Terry Don Webster, who is an officer for the Borger Police Department and the School Resource Officer for Borger High School, spoke about his work during the Rotary Club meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Webster was born and raised in Borger. Prior to the high school, he worked as a SRO at Borger Middle School for three years. He said he loves his work and enjoys being with the students.
“I’ve had all the freshmen since they were in sixth grade, the sophomores since seventh grade, and the juniors since eighth grade,” he said. “I have a good rapport with the students and their families.”
Webster said he knows most people think an SRO just goes to the school and hangs out. However, he said this couldn’t be any further from the truth. He said he works with school administrators and juvenile probation and handles any law-breaking offenses that may occur among the student body.
Several times a month, a drug dog is brought to the campus and is run through the school and parking lot. He said he deals strictly with the law when it comes to offenses and is not in charge of disciplining the students.
“A lot of people think a school resource officer is just at the school babysitting kids,” Webster said. “I interact with the kids. I work basketball games, football games, anything like that. I go into the classrooms and monitor the kids to be sure everything is okay. I work with the counselors. Kids come and talk if they have family questions. I’m part counselor, part police officer when I’m at the school.”
He said he usually works 8-4 Monday-Friday, but works other events as he is needed. He works the prom and school board meetings as well, and any other event the school might ask him to monitor. Borger Independent School District and the BPD each pay part of Webster’s salary.
During the summer, Webster is back at the police department, either patrolling the streets or facilitating other projects. He said over this past summer, he took five or six kids on juvenile probation around Borger to clean up graffiti on buildings.
“Juvenile probation bought the paint, and I picked them up at seven in the morning and we painted until it got really hot,” he said. “We painted a lot of the backs of buildings and tried to clean up the community, since they’re the ones that ‘graffitied’ it.”
Webster said the problem he addresses most often in school is attitudes toward teachers. He said school is not like it used to be. Many students develop a bad attitude as a result of their home lives and bring those into the school setting, he said.
“If I talked like some of those kids do, I’d get a whooping when I got home,” he said. “It’s just sad to see how some of them talk to the teachers and the principals.”
He also said drugs are an issue, which is why the drug dog is brought in several times a month. Random selection of classrooms takes place. The kids go out in the hall, and leave their coats and backpacks in the classroom. The dog goes around sniffing the coats and backpacks. If the dog detects anything suspicious, the student is then questioned.
Webster said he has an office outside of the offices of the two assistant principals. If they need his help with something, there are phones in each classroom, and he steps in when students try to be defiant.
He also talked about the Student Crimestoppers program that is in place at the school. If an incident occurs on campus, and a student brings in information that is important to solving the case, they will receive financial compensation. All students who bring in information do remain anonymous.

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