Granby PD picks Nathan Rector as next SRO for East Grand Schools
East Grand School District has a new school resource officer.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, officials from the Granby Police Department announced the recent selection of Nathan Rector as the new School Resource Officer, or SRO, for the East Grand School District. Rector’s first official day on the job was Jan. 31.
“Nathan has a strong background in law enforcement and believes strongly in community policing principles,” said Jim Kraker, Granby police chief. “He really impressed us.”
While Rector will serve as SRO for East Grand he will officially be an employee of the Granby Police Department; though both entities provide funding for the position. Rector may be a familiar face to residents of Grand County. Before transitioning to his current position as SRO, he served as a deputy for the Grand County Sheriff’s Department for just over six years.
Originally from South Dakota, Rector grew up in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. After marrying his wife, a Colorado native who currently teaches for the East Grand School District, the couple moved to the Centennial state where Rector began his career in law enforcement with the Olathe Police. In 2012, he and his family made the move to Grand County when Rector joined the Sheriff’s Office. Rector said he had considered a career in law enforcement from an early age.
“I looked into it back when I graduated high school,” Rector said. “It fits my personality.”
Rector said he has been busy since starting his new position as SRO and noted his early days have been focused on getting the lay of the land and learning what to expect from the ebb and flow of school operations. Rector said he decided to pursue the SRO position in large part for family reasons.
“It was a step that appealed to me because of where my family is at,” Rector said. “We have three little kids. My wife teaches. We love the area and it just fits so well with what we want to do.”
Rector noted that the scheduling dynamics of an SRO, working primarily during school hours as opposed to weekend and overnight shifts, provides him with more time to spend with his family.
“I’m relishing that already,” he said with a smile.
Rector said he sees his position as having many aspects, but being “centered around security” with a special emphasis on the school facilities of East Grand itself. Rector’s position includes safety-training sessions with district employees and he said one of the greatest benefits to his new role would be the overlap he has with local students.
“It is an exciting time,” he said. “Everything is new. Once I get the procedures and practices in place then I can really start enjoying, expanding and fine tuning.”
Rector replaces former East Grand SRO Craig Parten, who officially retired from a multi-decade career in law enforcement at the end of 2018.
According to Kraker, Granby Police is not planning any additional changes to the East Grand SRO program at this time. Kraker said the department is looking to strengthen some aspects of the program related to building security, and training and response elements for both school staff and local law enforcement.
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