School Resource Officers & School Security Officers
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program places law enforcement officers in schools with the goal of creating and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students, teachers and staff. The program reflects the desire of our community to ensure that schools are safe, secure and orderly. SROs represent a proactive strategy designed to bring prevention and intervention into the schools.
A SRO program is promising strategy because it enables communities and schools to address school violence with both prevention and intervention techniques. By being on campus, SROs can prevent problems from happening. When problems do arise, they can intervene quickly, address what is taking place and intervene appropriately. They contribute to safe school planning efforts and offer their schools a resource to turn to when emergencies occur. Ultimately, the officer’s presence helps make the school more safe and secure and learning is more likely to take place in such an environment. SCPS has an SRO assigned to each high school and middle school. Middle school SROs are also responsible for two elementary schools.
Another component of security staffing is the in-house school security officer program. There are 3 School Security Officers (SSO) in each of our high schools who are certified through the Department of Criminal Justice. They are typically responsible for the enforcement of rules and related safety/security tasks.
For further information about the SRO program, please contact 1st Sgt. R.R. Pomeroy, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, at 658-4400.
D.A.R.E Program: Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. is a drug abuse and violence prevention program that uses Stafford County Sheriff’s Deputies to present information to children in the classroom environment providing resistance skills and building resiliency. D.A.R.E. is a community based program that links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership for children.
D.A.R.E. began in 1983 as a cooperative effort between the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Unified School District to address the growing problem of drug use among children. Drugs, violence, and gangs were destroying kids' lives and a new approach of using the experience and expertise of seasoned cops to deliver a comprehensive curriculum was born. Based on factual drug information, recognizing pressures, resistance techniques, building self-esteem, and the importance of alternatives, D.A.R.E. helps young people develop positive decision making skills to make wise and healthy choices.
The success of D.A.R.E. has made it the largest and most popular prevention education program nationally. It is delivered in 80% of American school districts encompassing all 50 states. This year D.A.R.E. will reach 50 million children worldwide, including 53 foreign countries.
Stafford County Sheriff's Office School Crossing guard Program
Currently, Stafford County Public Schools has approximately 365 sworn Sheriffs Office School Crossing Guards. The majority of our crossing guards are volunteer employees (i.e., paraprofessionals, teachers, housekeeping, principals, assistant principals, administrative assistants, etc.).
The Crossing Guards are responsible for the safety of children crossing busy streets and intersections to and from school.
- They provide safety for children at designated crossing near designated elementary and middle schools.
- Escort children across the street going to and from school.
- Help to prevent children from crossing the street during heavy traffic flow until it is safe to cross.
- Report license numbers to the Sheriff’s Office of cars who fail to slow down near school zones, or who fail to stop for children when signaled to do so.