School Resource Officers
The School Resource Program creates a law enforcement presence to ensure safety and promote positive relationships on school campuses and at school and community events. These events include Cops & Kids Field Day, 24 Hour Relay Challenge, Sheriff's Family Day, Days of the Dons, The California Mid-State Fair and many more. The primary role of the School Resource Officer (SRO) is education, intervention, prevention, and to act as a resource for students, staff, parents and the community. The SROs currently provide a visible and positive law enforcement presence on forty-six school campuses throughout San Luis Obispo County. SROs assist school staff in educating kindergarten through twelfth grade students on prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco use through programs like G.R.E.A.T., Teen Survival Skills and Project Alert. Additionally, SROs are actively involved in truancy intervention and the Juvenile Diversion Program.
Another prevention program that our School Resource Deputies provide is the Teen Driver Challenge. Car accidents are the leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. For this reason, the Sheriff's Office is offering a Sheriff's Teen Driver Challenge, that teaches young drivers how to be safe behind the wheel!
For further information on this program or to learn about how to get involved, contact your school's School Resource Deputy.
Click to watch a video on our Teen Driver Challenge program!