Resource officer takes charge

Photo by Joyce Ervin Timothy Garbo has been hired as the new school resource officer for the Milan Police Department.  He plans an “open door” office policy to meet with students and parents.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Timothy Garbo has been hired as the new school resource officer for the Milan Police Department. He plans an “open door” office policy to meet with students and parents.

By Joyce Ervin

Milan students will find a new resource officer, Timothy Garbo, at their school this September, who is ready to meet with students and their parents with an office door he says will always be open.  He will be filling the vacancy created by the resignation of officer Stacey Heams.
Police Chief Gerard Schlerlinck said  the idea behind a resource officer’s position is to provide intervention before problems occur.  Therefore, meeting with students and families is a priority for Garbo.
Schlerlinck said Garbo, who is a baseball and football coach is not only highly qualified, but he is personable and works well with kids on and off the job. 
Garbo has spent his summer months meeting with school staff by visiting all the schools and studying traffic patterns and bus schedules and completed a mandatory in-house training program through the Milan Police Department.  He said, “I’ll be ready to roll in September.”
Schlerlinck said Garbo’s resume and previous police experience made him the choice for the position.  “He comes to the position with a lot of policing experience as a retired officer of 25 years with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, who worked specifically with juvenile and youth issues.  
Further, as a sergeant on the force, he has supervisory experience that leads to self discipline that is important for successfully executing the position, Schlerinck said.
 While serving in Monroe, he facilitated and was responsible for the D.A.R.E. program for the Bedford Public Schools. One of Garbo’s long term goals is to seek certification to expand the program for high school students. 
The program is designed to give kids the life skills needed to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs and violence.  Students also focused on stress management, communication, bullying and peer pressure and consequences.   
He also plans to delve deeper into the possibility of applying for grants, some of which are available through insurance company programs.
Garbo makes his home in Maybee with his wife Carla who teaches visually impaired children.  The couple have a daughter attending Colorado State University and a son who is a sophomore at Monroe High School and plays sports.  
Garbo said he is looking forward to the new challenge and working with the professional group of guys that make up the Milan force.

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