The Wicomico County Sheriff’s
School Resource Officer Division consists of a
Sergeant, a Corporal and seven Deputies whose primary
responsibilities are to provide law enforcement service
to all public schools within Wicomico County.
The purpose of the program is to
provide a uniformed law enforcement deputy to each
middle and high school to work in cooperation with the
school’s administrators, students, staff, parents, and
community members to:
maintain a safe and secure environment, which will be
conducive to learning.
2. Promote positive attitudes regarding the police role
in society and to inform students of their rights and
responsibilities as citizens.
3. Establish a liaison with school personnel in a
cooperative effort to prevent disruptive or violent
4. Promote close working relationships, good communications and mutual respect between law
enforcement officers, students and faculty of schools. The School Resource Officer Program
has assisted the Superintendent of Schools with
investigations regarding drugs, weapons, student
violence, security, suspension, expulsions, and student
The Sheriff’s School
Resource Police Division acted as advisors to the
Alternative Learning Study Group, Hot Spots Program, Weed
and Seed Program, Safe Streets Program, and Mentoring
Program. We continue our commitment to provide training for
the Board of Education personnel in the areas of drug
awareness, juvenile problems, crime prevention and personal
safety. The officers have taken on many tasks such as
working closely with the social studies, health education,
and mathematics teachers in customizing and designing
instruction to address specific law related issues.
In September of 1999,officers began attending the PTA meetings and parent conferences. Resource officers are now involved in parent conferences at the schools when a child is involved in some type of criminal activity. School Resource Police Officers are very active in the Student Behavior Management Teams, Booster Clubs, Community Watch Groups, and with school facilities committees.
During the course of
the year, the school deputies were very active in assisting
the school administration in looking for ways to make the
schools safer. This was done by not allowing outsiders to
enter the school grounds that do not have business in the
schools. School Resource Deputies assisted the Board
of Education in re-designing a code of emergency system,
which is now uniform for all schools within the county that
can be used for any given emergency.
Deputies have been working with the Board of Education
Truancy Department in assisting in keeping repeat truant
children in school.
At the beginning of
the school year, the deputies also conducted classes for
teachers along with school bus drivers to teach them about
the Sheriff’s School Resource Program. School bus
drivers were taught what to do should they have an emergency
or a fight on a school bus.