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The Chaffee County Patriots (CCP) have announced that Buena Vista School Resource Officer (SRO) Megan Mitchell, will be their guest speaker for the next monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 11.

The meeting will be held in person, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church – Church Hall, 118 South Gunnison Ave., Buena Vista, CO. Last month’s meeting featured Buena Vista School administrators.

“We are delighted to have Megan join us and answer the following prepared questions as well as any questions from the audience,” said Patriot President Dennis Heap.

Organizers intend to ask the following prepared questions:

  • What is the history of the Buena Vista School Resource Officer (SRO) program?
  • What do you do on a typical day?
  • What classroom instruction do you perform in the elementary, middle, and high school?
  • What training is provided to teachers and staff? Does it include lockdown vs. lockout? How many times has this been initiated?
  • What is the typical communication between the SRO and the parents?
  • What high-risk behaviors do you see in today’s teenagers? (Example: sexting, vaping)
  • What is going well in the SRO program and what are the challenges?
  • How can the CC Patriots and the overall community support the SRO program?

While the Patriots group says that it was established in mid-2021, Chaffee Patriots as a group was actually around in Aug. 2020, prior to the 2020 election. In 2021 it filed to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the IRS, which is still pending. Its press release describes it as “non-partisan and welcome[ing] all like-minded individuals that love, support, and believe in the very ethics and moral principles by which our Country was founded.”

It does not say what those are, but it goes on to say that “CCP was formed to organize and establish in-person meetings for those who are willing to educate, equip and mobilize the community on issues affecting Faith, Family, and our Constitutional freedoms.”