Each month the sheriff's from Mobile County and Baldwin County will be joining Studio10 to talk about questions they are getting from their community. Joining us for this segment is Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack talking about back to school in Baldwin County. Here's more:
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is involved in many programs withing the Baldwin County School System. From a School Resource Program to Sheriff Mack reading to classrooms across the county, the sheriff's office wants kids to have their first meeting with law enforcement be a hand shake rather than handcuffs.
Here's more on what's offered:
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 guidance. 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.
For more programs, visit: http://sheriff.baldwincountyal.gov/divisions-details/school-resource-details
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