New SRO Brings New Challenges

Aaron King, Reporter

Grand Junction High School Resource Officer David Godwin, has had a lot to deal with this year, especially with it being his first year alone at Grand Junction High.

Last year Godwin came to Grand Junction a number of times with Officer Bavor. But this year he is more on his own. He has officers with him, but he is the only officer daily at Grand Junction.

    “I graduated from Grand Junction High School here in 2006, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to come back and be a part of my community. Help educate kids to be productive citizens in their community,” David Godwin, school resource officer, said.

  Godwin came to GJHS as a student, left, and now has come back as a school resource officer for his community.

Being a street cop and a school resource officer is a whole different type of position. You have to deal with different types of people, and have to have a little bit of a different personality.

   “So I want to be able to hopefully influence kids positively before they get to the point of being someone we would have to interact with on the street. Kids still commit criminal acts, but here it is a lot easier; more educational, for a kid to be able to sit down and talk about what they’re doing wrong so that later on they aren’t getting charged as adults. I want to guide kids in a better direction,” Godwin said.

Many things have happened at GJHS this year. There have been a lot of incidents that officers have had to deal with, especially for Officer Godwin. And it’s his first year here alone.

“This year is stressful in a sense that there’s been more activity, but I’m glad I can be a part of it to help effect a better change,” Godwin said.

Godwin says he has really good intentions for GJHS, and is always there for students. He wants to make a positive change to the atmosphere of the school, and be there for his community.