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With college shootings, bullying, sexting and juvenile crime turning into extra prevalent in society, faculties have turned to having extra useful resource officers on employees.

What’s a college useful resource officer’s function? Are they there merely to police the varsity or have they got a a lot wider vary of job duties? How ought to college students really feel about their useful resource officers?

The primary college within the county to make the most of a college useful resource officer was the Farmington College District. Sgt. Sam Weekley, Farmington Police, has been working within the Farmington College District since 1997 and is in his 21st 12 months of SRO duties. Farmington’s useful resource officers are employed by Farmington Police Division, nevertheless, the district reimburses a portion of the fee.  

Farmington additionally has two extra officers, one who works the intermediate and center college buildings, Officer Wendy Helton; and Officer Jeff Vandiver who concentrates on the kindergarten heart, Washington-Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Elementary.

Weekley stated SROs are required to have a compulsory one-week coaching in Jefferson Metropolis. As well as, they will need to have graduated from the police academy and likewise sustain on their P.O.S.T. Certification (Peace Officer Requirements and Coaching).

“We police all prison exercise (in) all buildings, help in abuse and neglect investigations, auto accidents on campus, site visitors management, and work particular occasions similar to ballgames and dances,” stated Weekley.

Weekley stated that he and the opposite officers maintain intruder coaching, emergency plans, and train college students in regards to the regulation, driving security and drug use. 

“SROs are lecturers, counselors, and regulation enforcement officers,” stated Weekley.

Central College District in Park Hills additionally makes use of a useful resource officer. Officer Summer season Bentley is presently in her seventh college 12 months. Bentley is provided to the district by means of the Park Hills Police Division. A second place is vacant. 


More than just a cop

Officer Summer season Bentley takes care of regulation enforcement and coaching applications for Central R-Three Colleges. 

Bentley stated that a big a part of her position is district security procedures. She is presently working with different college officers to create a brand new Emergency Operations Plan. Bentley additionally teaches intruder security and performs drills with employees and college students, teaches courses on bullying, sexting, and drug use, and works social service-related instances.” 

Bentley additionally has had the necessary SRO coaching and maintains her P.O.S.T. certification.

“A giant a part of my place within the district is working with the Crucial Incident Crew. This group has 4 folks in every constructing who’re CPR and first support educated who can reply within the occasion of an emergency, which may vary from an energetic shooter to a pure catastrophe similar to a twister or earthquake,” stated Bentley.

North County College District has gotten on board with the SRO pattern. The district, which has buildings in each Bonne Terre and Desloge, has two officers on employees who’re commissioned by the county.


More than just a cop

Deputy Brian Whitfield (L) and Deputy Jamie Crump (R) are each of their first 12 months of holding pupil and lecturers at secure within the North County College District.

Deputy Jamie Crump and Deputy Brian Whitfield are the 2 officers who work for the North County College District.

“We react to any authorized points on campus, train a number of courses (protecting subjects similar to) underage consuming and DWI, nicotine and vaping, and opioid dependancy,” stated Crump. “We’re right here for the scholars and sincerely care about them. Any pupil who has any situation, private or college associated, can come to us at any time.”

The Bismarck College District added a college useful resource officer for the 2018-2019 college 12 months. Officer Scott LaHay is the useful resource officer for the Bismarck district. He started in August of 2018 and is an worker of the varsity.

LaHay stated he carries a twin fee by the Bismarck Police Division and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Division. It is because quite a lot of the varsity district is exterior town limits.


More than just a cop

Officer Scott LaHay works to maintain college students and college secure at Bismarck Colleges. 

“Each day fundamental operations encompass security of the scholars and employees, public relations and academic applications,” stated LaHay.

“I’ve not but had the SRO coaching as I used to be employed proper at the start of the varsity 12 months and the programs are provided in the summertime months (so the officer shouldn’t be taken away from the varsity throughout session),” stated LaHay.