SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
Bushland ISD and River Road ISD
In early 2013, The Potter County Sheriff’s Office placed a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) at Bushland ISD and River Road ISD. 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, SRO’s are role models for the students. The Potter County Sheriff’s Office currently has two deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Program. The SRO is assigned to the elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools in their school districts. We are very fortunate to have a strong relationship with Bushland and River Road Independent School Districts.
What is a School Resource Officer?
First and foremost, a SRO is a law enforcement officer. The SRO provides a uniformed presence to the 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 SRO’s also provide security for after-school events for their assigned schools.
Secondly, SRO’s are counselors and mentors. Each SRO has gained a wealth of information 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. The 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 SRO has also developed and incorporated other programs that are being utilized such as;
- Students Tutoring and Educating Peers, STEP
- Bye-Bye Boot Camp, Be Prepared, Be Aware
- Lesson from the Liaison
- Student Crime Stoppers
- Safe Prom
- SRO Facebook resource page
- Safety awareness bulletin boards
The School Resource Officer is passionately invested in his schools and is proud to be serving the families of Bushland school district. The Resource Officer’s motto to the student is, “We are here for you, not because of you”.
Together, the School District and the Sheriff’s Office are working constantly to implement new programs and provide students with the safest learning environment in which they can receive a quality education.