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School Resource Officers perform many roles within their schools. Of the many hats they wear, 3 stand out above the rest. It is called the SRO Triad.

First and foremost is as a law enforcement officer, providing their safety and security expertise to protect students and staff.

Secondly; SROs can draw from their own education, training, and experience to help supplement classroom studies. SROs are often called upon as guest speakers and as subject matter experts in a variety of fields to help expand regular classroom content. 

Finally, as an informal counselor the SRO is another adult with whom students can build rapport, seek advice, and talk to when help is needed. 

School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement officers, who are primarily assigned to work in a school setting and have specialized training to work with youth.

By interacting with students everyday, SROs can build positive relationships with students and help to promote a climate of safety in the school. SROs work hand in hand with school administrators to help create a safe, inviting learning environment.

executive team

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Bill Rudie
Fairview Schools
Chris Barrier
Past President
Chris Barrier
Montgomery County Schools
Vice President
Tim Gividen
Carrollton PD
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Sgt. at Arms
John Lonaker
Boone County Schools
Wanda Absher
Pulaski County Schools (Retired)
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Lee Ann Morrison
Kentucky Center for School Safety
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Educational Advisor
Robert Carter
Hopkins County Schools
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Lucy Riffle
Erlanger-Elsmere Schools (Retired)
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Educational Advisor
Carolyn Stewart
Campbell County Schools
Educational Advisor
James Slaven
Bullitt County Schools
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Region 1 Rep
Tyrone Gregory
Hopkins County Schools
Region 2 Rep
Kelly Tipple
Elizabethtown Ind.
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Region 3 Rep
Chris Young
Fayette County Public Schools
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Region 4 Rep
James Poynter
Grant County Schools
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Region 5 Rep
Dakota Gilkison
Ashland PD
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Joel Shepherd
Region 6 Rep
Todd Johnson
Berea PD
Training Advisor
Steve Mattingly
Department of Criminal Justice Training

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School Safety Advisor
Jon Akers
KY Center for School Safety
Tracy Day
Fayette County Schools

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A Memorandum of Agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOA/MOU), is an important tool in the development of a School Resource Officer Program within a school district. It serves to outline the roles and responsibilities of the school and the officer in the school safety partnership. They may outline equipment and financial needs and obligations, as well as certain duties to be performed by both parties. Check out these sample MOAs/ MOUs:


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