In an effort to enhance the safety and security of our schools, the Carroll County Public School System (CCPS), and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a Safe Schools Unit - School Resource Officer Program.
The Safe to Learn Act of 2018 requires each public school in Maryland to have either School Resource Officers (SROs) or adequate law enforcement coverage. To meet this requirement, a collaborative partnership was established by CCPS the CCSO, and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to assign SROs in CCPS schools.
“The Board of County Commissioners has an excellent relationship with Carroll County Public Schools and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Board President Dennis Frazier, District 3. “We are happy to work together to implement this program and proactively safeguard the learning environment for our students.”
As the law was in the process of passing, the BOCC began working with the CCSO to allocate the resources necessary to meet the requirement over a two-year period beginning with high schools in school year 2018-19.
Throughout the summer months, the CCPS and the CCSO have been collaborating to implement the program. The CCSO has created the Safe Schools Unit and selected the Supervisors and initial staff for the unit. The primary goal of the Safe Schools Unit will be to provide a safe and secure environment that is conducive for student learning. The school administration will continue to handle all aspects of student discipline, while SROs will be focused on providing security and enforcing violations of criminal law when appropriate.
“I’m very pleased that we are able to continue our proactive approach to the long-term security of our schools,” said Sheriff James DeWees. “My staff and the Carroll County Public Schools administration have been working hard throughout the summer to make sure we provide the safest learning environment for our students, teachers and staff.”
According to Dr. Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, “As a school system, the safety of our students and staff is one of our most important priorities. We very much appreciate the opportunity to partner with the County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office to implement the SRO program in our schools.”
CCPS and the CCSO continue to develop a communications plan to provide parents and community with updated information as the program evolves.