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Sergeant Jim Potter “is a school resource officer for the Reno County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Potter works with the schools teaching safety and prevention programs and with the administration on school crisis planning. He is also part of the crisis intervention team training for people with mental illness. Potter, a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, holds a M.A. degree in Education: Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools. He is on the county board of Communities That Care and the state board of Kansas Family Partnership.” Sergeant Jim Potter is the author of Cop in the Classroom: Lessons I’ve Learned, Tales I’ve Told.

According to the book description of Cop in the Classroom: Lessons I’ve Learned, Tales I’ve Told, “Learn how kids and cops connect at school. You will enjoy 33 personal stories about one officer's professional career as a deputy sheriff and school resource officer. Cop in the Classroom gives an insider's look at the emotional experiences behind the badge--and life lessons for us all.”

Neal Trautman, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Ethics said of Cop in the Classroom: Lessons I’ve Learned, Tales I’ve Told, “Jim Potter has accomplished something I didn't think anyone in law enforcement would do during my lifetime...write a 'first class' book about police officers from a totally new and extraordinarily insightful perspective. It's so captivating it is difficult to put down. Whether you are an officer, teacher or parent, the books' stories that have been told to Jim by children he's met during his long police career, take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, as they are hilarious, heart-breaking and inspiring.”

Wynona Winn, Ph.D, Superintendent, Hutchinson Public Schools said of Cop in the Classroom: Lessons I’ve Learned, Tales I’ve Told, “Every parent and every educator should read Potter's Cop in the Classroom. This book is a unique insight into the special rapport that can develop between a school resource officer and students who are seeking adult help on a multitude of levels. Potter's work takes us into the classrooms, into the hallways and out on the playgrounds of public schools. Officer Potter's work is a testimony to the need we have to build relationships between 'the men who wear the badges' and the students in our classroom.”

About the Reno County Sheriff’s Department

The Reno County Sheriff’s Department consists of a “80 person department and two detention facilities, serving a population of approximately 65,000 and covering 1250 square miles.”  It is organized into several divisions including Jail Division, Patrol Division and Detective Division.

“The jail division has 4 crews that work 12-hour shifts and are responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the inmates in our custody.  The jail division is also responsible for transporting inmates to and from courts, medical and mental health appointments and outside facilities.  These tasks are performed by the jails S.T.A.T. unit, which is comprised of a sergeant and 5 state certified deputies.

The Patrol division is responsible for the 24-hour coverage of 1271 square miles, the service of civil process and delinquent tax collection.  The patrol division is comprised of 4 crews, which operate on 12-hour shifts. The civil process/delinquent tax division has a sergeant, two patrol deputies, one civilian process server and one support service civilian.  Deputies are trained in advance accident reconstruction, are members of the Emergency Response Team (specialized team comprised of Reno County Sheriff’s deputies and Hutchinson Police Department officers), conduct DUI check lanes, saturation patrols and seatbelt enforcement programs, serve civil papers and collect delinquent taxes

The detective division has 8 sergeants, 2 deputies and 4 civilian employees who are responsible for case investigations, arrest warrant service, fugitive extradition, juvenile matters, drug enforcement/investigation, forensic computer analysis, offender registration, crime analysis and service support.  Detectives are also responsible for overseeing the Crime Stoppers of Reno County, hostage negotiations and various other added duties.”

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