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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
This school year, some local students will see their school resource officers in more places than just the halls; they will also see them on the web.
There are 11 Toledo police officers who serve as school resource officers at high schools for Toledo Public Schools and Washington Local Schools. This year they will take to Facebook in an effort to reduce bullying.
"We don't care if it's one student that's being bullied or 100 that are being bullied. We want to give them an opportunity to contact their school resource officer, and have something done about it," said Sgt. Kevin Braun.
Braun says bullying is an issue that has been hard to track because many instances go unreported due to fear.
"We're going to take a proactive approach, and we are not going to tolerate bullying, whether it's in person, on the Internet, or on phones or on texting or tweeting. We're going to be there and we're going to take action if necessary," said Braun.
According to Braun, not only will each resource officer have the ability to use their page to become friends with students and document problems, but they will have the opportunity to become more transparent with the students they serve.
"It's a less invasive way for students that maybe have a problem, to contact the officers privately without all the other students seeing. It's a lot easier to just send a message - a private message on Facebook - than it is to walk up to a police officer and speak to them," said Braun.
The profiles are expected to go live before school starts.