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posted: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018
"Officer Stan" shows off a ticket pad from his days as a state trooper

'Officer Stan' brings fun and safety

Students and staff members recently welcomed safety and security officer Stan Dutkus to the Sandshore family. As part of his responsibilities in the newly created position, Officer Dutkus will monitor the building’s security cameras and control visitor access into the school.

Officer Dutkus brings more than 31 years of law enforcement experience to his role. He spent 25 and ½ years with the state police and presently works part-time on special projects for the Sparta Township Police Department.

The Branchville resident introduced himself to every class on his first day at Sandshore and spoke about the importance of safety and good conduct. Later in the week he dropped in on classes with a box of mementos from his long career, showing students handcuffs, Miranda cards, holsters, newspaper clippings, photos, and ticket pads.

The students had dozens of questions, too, about “Officer Stan” and his experience in the field. In Sharon Enea’s classroom, they gathered around him to hear stories about policework and meeting professional athletes while on detail at Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands.

“Kids love him,” said Nicole Musarra, school principal. “He brings such a positive energy and friendliness to the building. Everyone’s happy that he’s here.”

“Students enjoy seeing him in the hall and giving him fist bumps,” said Ms. Enea. “He’s a fun guy, but he knows he has a job to do, and he takes it very seriously. He’ll make everyone laugh and then in the next moment, it’s back to business.”

Shortly after Officer Dutkus’ first day, second-grade classes read a popular picture book about a police officer who conducts safety presentations at schools. The second-graders are duplicating an activity done by the students in the book: writing letters detailing the safety tips they know or recently learned. The teachers plan to assemble the letters in a binder and have students present it to Officer Dutkus to thank him for keeping Sandshore safe and secure.

Officer Stan Dutkus displays a set of handcuffs to Sharon Enea's class
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