Deputy Rusty Shoemake

School Resource OSchool Resource Officer Program (SRO)

A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a trained, seasoned law enforcement officer who is assigned to a specific school by the Bossier Sheriff's Office and the Bossier Parish School Board.

At the officer's designated school, classes promoting personal goal setting and self-esteem will be taught on an as-requested basis. Counseling will be extended to troubled youth, and programs will be presented to students and parents in areas of importance and concern which affect the youth of today, such as gang activity prevention, drug abuse prevention strategies, and harassment by other students. The SRO will also provide an extra measure of support for those "high risk" students who may have a tendency to become involved in gang activity, drug use/abuse, or other negative, illegal activities.

In addition, the SRO responsibilities will be:                                                                                                                                         

  1. To provide more efficient police resource assistance to school personnel, parents, and students.
  2. To foster a more positive concept among young people concerning the role of law enforcement in society.
  3. To combat juvenile crime on a more pre-delinquent basis - the program emphasizes juvenile delinquency prevention.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program,  D.A.R.E. 
At Waller Elementary D.A.R.E. is also taught to the 5th grade students and visitation lessons taught to Pre-K through 4th grades throughout the year.
The 5th grade D.A.R.E program is a semester-long curriculum taught by Sheriff's deputies that emphasizes good decision skills for young people in order to avoid bullying, drugs, violence and other harmful behaviors. Students are also taught confidence-building and coping skills. 




D.A.R.E., an acronym for "Drug Abuse Resistance Education," teaches the fifth-graders ways to resist the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence and some of the other evils that today's children face. Bullying is also a major topic in the D.A.R.E. program.

The DARE deputies are specially trained to teach the course, bringing to bear their experience and training in law enforcement to help the children understand and resist the persuasion of peers, older children, drug dealers, tobacco companies and the advertising and entertainment industries.

D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL Elementary School curriculum continues a more than thirty year commitment to providing cutting edge instruction that helps prevent drug use by developing basic, core skills needed for safe and responsible choices…skills that extend well beyond drugs to healthy and mature choices in life.

The curriculum, designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL), identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including:

  • ·         Self-awareness and management
  • ·         Responsible decision making
  • ·         Understanding others
  • ·         Relationship and communication skills
  • ·         Handling responsibilities and challenges

The program was initiated in Bossier Parish in 1990, only a few years after it was founded in Los Angeles. Since that time, approximately tens of thousands of students have graduated from the program in Bossier Parish.

The national organization, DARE America, provides officer training and educational materials.

For more information, call 318-965-3500, or to contact the program by e-mail, click here.