Howard Elementary School

The Medford School District and the Medford Police Department are kicking off a plan to put retired police officers in the city's elementary schools.

This spring, the Medford School District’s elementary schools will begin receiving an additional layer of security by instituting a team of retired law enforcement officers.

The School Marshal Program will be a partnership between the school district and the Medford Police Department, which already provides school resource officers — who are policemen and women — to protect the district’s secondary schools.

Reporter Kevin Opsahl can be reached at 458-488-2034 or


Kevin Opsahl is the cops and courts reporter for Rogue Valley Times. He was previously the education reporter for Medford Mail Tribune. Kevin graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in 2010. He has spent his adult life in the west, but was born and raised in Maryland.

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