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:

1. Help 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 behaviors.

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 appeals.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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