The School Resource Officer or S.R.O. is an educator, law enforcer and counselor. As an educator, the S.R.O. visits classrooms and teaches students concepts of safety, traffic laws, general law, and crime prevention techniques. The S.R.O. works closely with individual teachers to create special programs tailored to specific units of study. These presentations help increase student awareness and understanding of laws and personal safety. As a uniformed police officer, the S.R.O. provides a positive image of law enforcement in an effort to help young people make constructive choices in their lives.
The S.R.O.’s primary duty is to protect the school’s safe environment and to maintain an atmosphere where students, teachers and staff feel safe enough to learn. The S.R.O. investigates criminal activity occurring on school campuses. Although not a disciplinarian, the S.R.O. conducts investigations with school administrators in accordance with West Virginia State Law, school district policy, and the policy of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. The S.R.O. only takes action when a violation of law has occurred.
Sheriff Cecil has Deputies located in John Marshall High School, Cameron High School, Sherrard Middle, Moundsville Middle and a newly added Deputy that is assigned to a roving patrol that visits all the Elementary Schools in Marshall County.
The SRO's are not a grant funded position and are a full time assignment for the Deputies that are assigned there.