Welcome to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department's section dedicated to our new SRO program. The Bedford County School Resource Officer (SRO) program was implemented in the beginning of the 2000 school year as part of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department's focus on better serving the county through Community Oriented policing. Specially trained officers were assigned to two County Schools: Harris Middle and Shelbyville Central High Schools. By the middle of the 2000 school year, two additional schools will be served by the SRO program.
When developing this program the Bedford County Sheriff's Department adopted a "triad" approach. This concept has been widely accepted as the model for school based officers. The triad concept divides the SRO's responsibilities into three areas: Teacher, Counselor, and Law Enforcer. Bedford County has expanded on this concept to include Mentoring as the central focus of everything the SRO does.
The SRO is available as guest speaker or as a resource to nearly every classroom within the school.
The SRO is a resource for both faculty and students and provides informal counseling and/or advice. These officers have received extensive training regarding programs and services available to handle problems and conflicts. Getting the right kind of help to those that need it is one of the SRO's highest priorities.
Any law related issues that arises on campus is the SRO's responsibility. In many ways his/her school is no different than any other patrol beat. Whether it is child abuse, truancy, trespassing, disorderly conduct, theft, or some type of assault, the SRO is there to handle it quickly and professionally. As a community Police Officer, the SRO is charged with proactively addressing the crimes that occur on campus, both through education and through special projects or programs. Every school is different, so each SRO must tailor his/her projects to both the problems and the school.
Mentoring is the central focus of the program. SRO's have the opportunity to form lasting impressions on young people. To help students succeed, the SRO provide guidance, tutoring, and coaching to students with special needs or problems.