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School Resource Program

What is the program?

The SRO Program was first implemented in Flint, Michigan in 1951. Since the program's inception, it has successfully been put into practice in school districts and states all over America. Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack started the SRO Program in Baldwin County in 2007.

The program was implemented in partnership with the Baldwin County Public School System in an alternative setting dealing with at risk and special needs students. The program has since evolved as a strong resource shared at schools throughout Baldwin County. With the increasingly high amounts of pressures our children are facing, growing up can be an extreme challenge. We understand the need to provide positive guidence. The function of our program has shifted to keep up with the growing needs and trends of our children and schools. Currently we are partnered with several schools and are providing both student and staff trainings on issues such as Bullying, Internet Safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and other real life issues that affect our children and communities within Baldwin County.

The involvement of SRO's extends far beyond the classroom and the normal workday. Officers participate in parent-teacher and faculty meetings, student social and sporting events, and club projects. The presence of SRO's tends to strengthen the student/police bonds and shows the officers' commitment to the students and their education and safety.

What is a School Resource Officer?

A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified law enforcement officer who is assigned full-time to work with schools. For this, SRO's receive many hours of ongoing specialized training. The concept is similar to the "cop on foot patrol" who knows the public he serves on a first name basis and is sensitive to their particular needs.

Like many adults, some students view police officers solely as enforcers of the laws. By establishing a rapport with their school's SRO, students will not only gain positive role models, but also a better understanding of Deputy Sheriffs and the many other duties and responsibilities.

Likewise, SRO's will gain a better perspective of the youngsters in their schools. By carefully assessing the needs of individual students, SRO's will be more aware of the development of unhealthy or destructive behavioral patterns. Through early intervention it is possible, in many cases to redirect negative behaviors before they cause a student to be referred to the Criminal Justice System.


Deputy Jeff Spaller



School Resource Programs

>> Deputies are our friends  

This program provides children the opportunity to interact with a deputy sheriff. An explanation of his/her equipment is given and the children are allowed to ask questions. Knowing who deputies are and what they do will help children feel less frightened in the event of an emergency. This program is commonly used for youth in our schools, churches and other community related events. To find out more information on this program, contact Deputy Spaller @ 802-1115 .

>> Bullying Intervention Program

Studies show that on a daily over 160,000 children will not go to school because of the threat . . . continued.

>> Alcohol Awareness

This program affords our youth the opportunity to become educated on the truths and myths of alcohol use. It implements not only the facts surrounding underage drinking and alcohol related deaths but allows the participant the opportunity to experience the effects of simulated intoxication through use of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Fatal Vision "Drunk Goggles". To find out more information on this program, contact Deputy Spaller @ 802-1115.

>> Drug Awareness

This program is designed to educate our youth on the dangers of drug use not through scare tactics but informed decision making. The presentation gives a first hand look at the dangers associated with drug use and allows the participant the opportunity to see drug related items and paraphernalia first hand to enhance the educational value and learning process. To find out more information on this program, contact Deputy Spaller @ 802-1115 .

>>Internet Safety

>>Stranger Danger



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