The Daviess Co. Sheriff s Office, in partnership with Daviess County Board of Education, has established a program known as the School Resource Officer Program. The S.R.O. Program is a nationally accepted program involving the assignment of a carefully selected and specially trained law enforcement officer to work directly in the school, in full cooperation with school administrators and faculty.
Deputy Day with Asst. Principal Rob Hartgrove and 9th grade Dean of Students Brian Benjamin
The S.R.O. program is a community policing approach practiced in a school environment. The school is the officer's beat and community. The exclusive focus on the physical and social territory of the school is an important aspect of the S.R.O. concept. Unlike officers who respond to school problems as a result of a 911 call by the principal, the S.R.O. knows the school's physical layout and is aware of who belongs on school property and who does not. The S.R.O. wears the police uniform and weapon while on duty in the school.
School Resource Officers have three main functions: law enforcement officer, teacher, and advisor. First, as a law enforcement officer, the S.R.0 maintains a safe and secure school environment in which students feel safe to learn and teachers feel safe to teach. Second, as a teacher, the S.R.O. conducts classroom presentations pertaining to law related topics and in doing so, informs students and promotes positive attitudes regarding the police role in society. Last, the S.R.O. acts as an advisor to students, parents, teachers, and staff on issues related to the law enforcement, substance abuse, delinquency, and other law related topics. The S.R.O. may talk with the students, parents, teachers, and staff about their problems and help them find possible solutions. When necessary, the S.R.O. may take referrals to appropriate social agencies for additional assistance.
The most effective way an S.R.O. can accomplish these goals is to be a positive role model. Students learn from every interaction they have with an S.R.O. It is essential for an S.R.0 to be a positive role model who endorses high moral standards, uses good judgment and discretion, is consistent and fair, respects all students and displays a sincere concern for the school community. School Resource Officers must maintain a professional appearance; be visible, accessible and willing to talk to students; attend and participate in school activities; interact positively with students and the community, taking their concerns seriously; and maintain a positive relationship with the faculty and administrators.
The School Resource Officer is an extension of
the Sheriff's department as well as the school principal's office, as the
officer's duties are comprised of both law enforcement and education. The
S.R.O. reports to both the sheriff and the school principal. However, the
S.R.O. is not a disciplinarian for the school - that job remains with the
administrators and faculty. As a resource for school administrators, the
S.R.O. serves as means of establishing order and safety, so, that learning
can take place - the business which schools are about.
Deputy Paul Gatewood and Apollo High Staff
Russ Day and Abby