SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
The Habersham County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer (SRO) Program is a partnership with the
Habersham County School System. Our SROs are the first line of defense in our schools and play a
unique role in upholding order, promoting safety, and preventing crime, and mentoring. Deputies assigned to the SRO Program provide direct service to our schools which include campus safety inspections, classroom presentations, school investigations, student and parent conferences, along with a variety of other activities including the traditional law enforcement duties. Members of this unit are are committed to the safety of our students.
Seven Deputies are currently assigned to the SRO Program and serve in the Fourteen Schools established in Habersham County's Public School System.
Habersham Central High School
9th Grade Academy
Wilbanks Middle School
North Habersham Middle School
South Habersham Middle School
Level Grove Elementary
Hazel Grove Elementary
EXPLORERS POST 510
The Habersham County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer (SRO) Program offers our youth an understanding of the Law Enforcement Profession, while actually going through the same training and work with the same gear that our Deputies utilize on a daily basis. This program is designed for students 14 years of age or older who have completed 9th grade and are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. The Explorers program teaches students skills that could help them become our next generation of leaders. Our Explorers take part in building clearing, basic self-defense, understanding Georgia Law, evidence collection, traffic direction and much more.
Students participating in the Explorers program also have opportunities to assist the Sheriff's Office by participating in community service projects. We constantly stress the concepts of teamwork, discipline, professionalism, self-esteem, and service to the community.
Applications can be emailed to Deputy Paul Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHOOSING HEALTHY ACTIVITIES AND METHODS PROMOTING SAFETY (C.H.A.M.P.S.)
Deputies assigned to the School Resource Office Program also participate in C.H.A.M.P.S. Today's students face dangers older generations could not have imagined. C.H.A.M.P.S. was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association to address these urgent challenges. Members of the SRO Program are equipped with C.H.A.M.P.S. lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and student workbooks. These lesson plans include but are not limited to Bullying, Gangs, Graduation, Internet Safety, Stress, Tobacco, Firearm Safety, Alcohol, and Peer Pressure.
Habersham County SRO Program also has the ability to teach these lesson plans in Spanish.
GEORGIA ALLIANCE OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AND EDUCATORS (G.A.S.R.O.E.)
Deputies assigned to the School Resource Office Program are also members of G.A.S.R.O.E. Sheriff Joey Terrell, The Executive Director, formed this alliance 2019. The alliance incorporates all of the separate efforts being made to improve school safety into one collective body known as the Georgia Alliance of School Resource Officers and Educators or GASROE. Its mission - to provide basic, intermediate and advanced collaboration training programs for school resource officers, administrators, teachers, school safety coordinators/directors, emergency management directors/personnel, nurses, bus drivers, custodial staff, counselors and other school support personnel. Additionally, GASROE will provide instruction and training that addresses current issues and new trends and provide participants with the latest tools available to address them.