School Resource Officer (SRO) Program
Maj. Tina Sykes
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program began during the 1993-1994 school year.
A School Resource Officer is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles:
Law Related Counselor
Law Related Education Teacher
The SRO is not necessarily a DARE officer (although many have received such training), security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a crisis situation but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for his/her school.
Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has Deputies in all schools in the Orange County School System which includes 7 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools and the alternative school. The School Resource Officers also teach the DARE program to Elementary and Middle School students. The Sheriff’s Deputies can be utilized as a classroom resource, follow-up resource and a community resource.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
DARE is now an international joint effort by police and sheriffs' offices to provide children with a drug education and prevention program. DARE is in all fifty states and in several foreign countries.