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Brooke Walker reporting A school officer is not always a position members of the police force volunteer for. Many officers would rather be on the street fighting city crime.
But officer Brett Winkleman believes he can make more of a difference in the classroom. It's a decision the students at Farmington Jr. High School say they are grateful for.
DARE officers work diligently to keep Utah schools safe, and that often requires cracking down on the students they protect.
But at Farmington Jr. High, the students truly value the relationship they share with Officer Brett Winkleman. Earlier this week, one of the students nominated him for a High 5.
Eighth grader Autumn Magee wrote in part, "I am grateful to know him. I consider him a great friend. He always puts a smile on everybody's face. It's nice to know you have someon to turn to and to trust, without judgment."
Officer Winkleman was overwhelmed by this morning's honor.
"I can't believe they got up this early," he said of the students who showed up for the High 5.
Officer Winkleman got a certificate to see the holiday lights at Thanksgiving Point and a basket of goodies.