During the summer months, Claremore Police officer Robin Blair is like any other officer on the beat — patrolling the city streets, responding to emergency calls, protecting and serving the citizens of Claremore.

But whenever September rolls around, Blair goes back to school.

For the past four years, Officer Blair has served as the Claremore Public Schools’ Resource officer, spending her days walking the halls of the public schools instead of the streets of Claremore.

“I’ve got an office here in the high school but I never spend much time in it,” Blair said. “I’m usually patrolling the campus, either here or at one of the other schools — all of the teachers and principals have my cell phone number, so they can always reach me — I stay busy.”

In addition to patrol, Blair’s on campus duties include routinely investigating criminal activity and traffic accidents, as well as educating students and staff about crime prevention through presenting and coordinating programs and activities on campus.

“I also do presentations regarding drug prevention and awareness, how to stop bullying, and I answer any questions the students might have in a ‘question and answer’ type forum in the classrooms,” she said. “It’s pretty involved but I love it.”

Blair, a nine-year-veteran of the Claremore Police Department, said she enjoys her “school beat” because of the connection it has allowed her to make with Claremore’s youth.

“When the students see me here every day, they get to know me as ‘Officer Blair’, not just ‘that police officer’ in the school — I get to know them by name, too, so when I see them outside of school, I know who they are, and it’s a more friendly relationship,” she said. “It has allowed us to get to know and trust each other, and for me to recognize and reach some dealing with into problems — if they didn’t know me quite so well, that might not have been possible.”

Blair said working with the Claremore administrators and teachers has been “nothing but a pleasant experience,” although new duties, reflective of the times, have recently been added to her job description.

“Because of so many school shootings in recent years, the police department is working with the schools to initiate counter-measures against them,” Blair said. “We’ve already been practicing school lock-downs in case of armed shooters or hostage situations on campus. The (police) department also has been provided with detailed maps of the schools and layouts of the classes — with that information, should there be a situation on campus, one officer can say to another (for example) ‘There’s someone in the 400 hallway with a gun,’ and the officers will know exactly where that is and the best way to handle the situation.”

Other increased safety measures and precautions are being discussed but not made public for reasons of security, Blair said.

“It’s a sad commentary on the day and age we live in that we have to be ready for that kind of thing, but it’s a reality, and one that the police department is addressing,” she said.

But in spite of the changing face of her job within the school system, Blair says she still enjoys what she does.

“I love working in the schools — love it,” she said. “I love the principals and the teachers and the kids, and it’s always rewarding when I can ‘reach’ at least one of them. I enjoy seeing them all day to day, but when I’m able to make a positive difference in the life of one of them, to maybe turn them around or put them on a better path than they had been going down ... there’s no way to describe what that feels like. If I can reach just one, then I feel like I’ve done my job here.”

Blair is married to Mike Blair, a supervisor for Broken Arrow-based safety equipment company OSCEO. The couple has two children, Michel, 17, a student at Claremore, and Marcus, 15, a student at Sequoyah.

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