SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER UNIT
The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. In addition to providing law enforcement presence at the schools, SROs are role models for the students. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office currently has 14 deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Program and two Sergeants as supervisors. There is a SRO in every middle school and high school in Forsyth County; elementary schools are typically covered by the middle school SROs. We are very fortunate to have a strong relationship with the educators in the Forsyth County School System and the unit works hand in hand with the Forsyth County Board of Education School Safety Department.
What is a School Resource Officer?
First and foremost, a SRO is a law enforcement officer. Each SRO provides a uniformed presence to their school campus. They are prepared and trained to protect the students and faculty from intruders, conduct criminal investigations and patrol their beat (the school). The SRO advises the school administration in safety and security matters as well as lending their expertise in law-related issues. Our SROs also typically provide law enforcement presence for after-school events for their assigned schools.
Secondly, SROs are counselors. Each SRO has gained a wealth of knowledge over his or her career, which is shared with the students, their parents and the school’s staff. They offer advice in law-related matters as well as resources for virtually any need a person might have. Each school and individual student has different needs, but the SRO is there to help any way necessary.
Thirdly, a SRO educates. Each School Resource Officer conducts classroom presentations on a variety of subjects including: law-related education, crime and violence prevention, safety, and alcohol and drugs prevention. The deputies who are assigned as School Resource Officers are passionately invested in their schools and proud to be serving the families of Forsyth County.
Together, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth County School Safety Department are working constantly to implement new programs and provide students with the safest learning environment in which they can receive a quality education.