School Resource Officer (SRO)
What is a School Resource Officer (SRO)?
Overview and Duties
To ensure the general safety and welfare of the students, faculty, and staff; as well as assist in the educational process.
The major responsibilities of the SRO are:
- Uniform presence
- Educational programs
- Public relations
- Guidance services
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Youth Services Program has developed over the years to better address the community's changing juvenile needs and to offer to the youth of our community the opportunity to succeed. The SRO program was developed to address juvenile crime and safety concerns in our local schools.
The SRO program places a police officer in the middle and high schools with the goal of creating and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for the students, teachers, and staff. The SRO program reflects the community's desire to ensure that its schools are safe and secure. SROs represent a proactive strategy designed to bring prevention and intervention into the schools.
An OCSO SRO is on campus daily at Carver-Edisto Middle School. The presence of a uniformed police officer provides a deterrent to criminal activity by discouraging unwanted and undesirable visitors on the school grounds or in the surrounding area.
The SRO provides support and training for school staff on issues of juvenile law, substance abuse, and school safety. The SRO investigates crimes committed by juveniles and is involved in planning and executing several enforcement programs throughout the year. Additionally, the SRO is a positive role model for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today's society, and their presence in the school sends a strong message that violence and certain behaviors are not acceptable.