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Pictured are (L-R) Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, Cottonwood School District 242 Superintendent Rene’ Forsman, Cottonwood Police Officer Jason Rambo and St. Mary’s Hospital Community Relations/Foundation Coordinator Cheri Holthaus.
As of Tuesday, December 2, 2014
COTTONWOOD State grant funding will continue to provide for a Cottonwood police officer position partially dedicated to both protect and mentor youth.
Cottonwood School District 242 and St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) have partnered with the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD) to support the part-time position of Officer Jason Rambo. According to CPD Chief Terry Cochran, Rambo will have a rotating shift within the district, working with youth of all ages, and will be attending both sporting and after-school events. As well, he will be providing general city patrol.
Officer Rambo has been providing such service for the past three years, funded by a $7,500 EUDL (Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws) state grant. However, according to Cochran, this grant has been discontinued and the city was unable to raise the additional funding to continue this position.
“Cottonwood School District 242, seeing and experiencing first-hand the value of having Officer Rambo available and helping in the schools, has agreed to assist with the funding of Officer Rambo’s position for another year,” Cochran said.
SMH was also contacted as another partner for support, he said, and they agreed the position was a benefit to local children they would assist in providing for.
“The concern of our youth’s health is a priority for St. Mary’s Hospital, and health includes mental, physical, drug and alcohol addictions, as well as many others,” Cochran said. “St. Mary’s feels having Officer Rambo work with our youth will help keep our youth healthy.”
Rambo’s position will be covered through funds split between SMH and the hospital auxiliary, as well as through Dist. 242 from state Safe and Drug-free grant.
“This mutual concern, this care and desire to help our youth, this communication and ability to work together, across assorted lines from government to private industry, is the reason we live in this area,” Cochran said. “Neighbors helping neighbors for the common good. The common good in this case is the safety and security of our youth; it doesn’t get more important than that.”