Officer Spinks joins Fairmont High School as new resource officer

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Officer Spinks joins the Firebird community as its new resource officer. Spinks has been with the Kettering Police Department for 10 years.

Kettering police officer Lester Spinks joined Fairmont High School as the new school resource officer at the start of the 2020-21 school year. 

Originally from Cincinnati, Spinks has been with the Kettering Police Department for 10 years. 

After working the midnight shift with the KPD, Spinks was ready to try something new. 

“I thought it would be fun to try and give kids a different perspective on police officers, and the high school seemed like it would be a great fit for my personality,” Spinks said.

Spinks replaced Officer Ed Drayton who served as Fairmont’s Resource Officer previously. Before Drayton was Officer Carla Sacher. 

“I am not sure how long I will be here at Fairmont, but I think it is safe to say that I will be here for at least a few years,” he said.

Kettering has 3 full-time resource officers with Spinks being stationed at Fairmont High School. Officer Kent Tischler works with Van Buren Middle School and the elementary schools that feed into VBMS. Officer Ed Simoni is assigned to Kettering Middle School and all other elementary schools.

“My biggest responsibility while in the school is the safety of everyone in it. Secondary responsibilities include assisting teachers where necessary and being an aid for students where I can,” Spinks said.

Kettering City Schools started the year virtually in September and remained that way until January 25, 2021. While some students were in the building for quiet spaces and learning pods, the high school was lacking its normal population.

“I like having kids in the building, and I think it is better for them to be in school,” Spinks said. “I am also enjoying meeting and starting to develop friendships with the individual students.”

This school year has been far from normal due to the ongoing global pandemic and virtual learning. While a school’s resource officer has a lot of day to day duties, one unique part of working in education is that no two days are alike. 

“I wish I could say I knew what a typical day was. The fun part about this job is that everyday is different,” he said. 

Spinks wants parents, students and the community to know that he is here to help.

“My job is not to arrest people, but to assist, encourage, and guide. I want everyone’s time in high school, while I am here, to be as fun as possible and most importantly safe.”

 

Get to know Officer Spinks:

Favorite Food: Cheese Sticks

Biggest pet peeve: People who don’t listen

Favorite Movie: Batman (1989)- you all should know this by now

Favorite type of music: Country and R&B, its a toss up

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? I would give some to church. I would build a new house on several acres of land, with a big garage. And then I would save and invest the rest.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? If money weren’t a necessity and I no longer needed to work. Florida, near Destin on some land.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still working for the police department, 5 years from retirement, and enjoying my family.

For additional information about Kettering’s resource officers and for other helpful resources, please visit: https://www.ketteringschools.org/Content2/286