The School Resource Officer (SRO)
Program is the creation of a partnership between the Ulster County
Sheriff's Office and the Ulster County Board of Cooperative Educational
Services (BOCES). This innovative program is intended to
enhance the school's environment by providing the school a uniformed
Deputy Sheriff to assist faculty and students with problems before
they effect the learning environment.
School Resource Officer certification training prepares the assigned
officer to work in an academic environment so that officers will
be able to function more effectively in schools. Training includes
academic organizational structure, public speaking, counseling,
handling special needs students, violence in the school, gang activity,
creating drug free schools and crisis management.
SRO Program Goals include:
- To create a safe school environment free of harm,
intimidation and weapons
- To present a positive role model of a law enforcement
- To change youth's perceptions of a law enforcement
- To develop a model of cooperative efforts by school
districts and law enforcement agencies that can be replicated
within the county and beyond.
The Sheriff's School Resource Officer program began
with a U.S. Department of Justice grant and remains a successful
program for our youths and educators.