Safety

Monroe County School Resource Officer Program                
   
 "Dedicated to providing a safe environment for children."

SHS School Resource Officer (SRO):  Rusty Vineyard

Anonymous Texting
        - (423) 252-7669
        - Complete anonymity in reporting drugs, weapons, threats, bullying, harassment, and other disruptive behavior.
        - All false reports will be dealt with swiftly and prosecuted.

History
    In order to provide an optimal learning environment for all students, Monroe County Schools began to maintain and increase the safety of students and staff. As part of this comprehensive safety plan, a joint effort between Monroe County Schools and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was initiated. Officers with specialized skills and training were placed in our schools.

Purpose
    The School Resource Officer (SRO) is not just a cop on campus. This new service has placed a Law Enforcement Officer, called a School Resource Officer (SRO) at county schools on a full time basis. This innovative program is designed to establish a positive relationship between specially trained police officers and young people.

Goals
    The goals of the program include:
        -  preventing drug and alcohol use by area youth.
        -  preventing juvenile crime.
        -  establishing a positive relationship between youth and law enforcement.
        -  helping students to become responsible citizens.
        -  form and maintain links between school, community, law enforcement, and judicial systems.

Resource Officer Job Description
        -  Work under the direction of each school principal during the school year to monitor and control the safety and security of
            students, staff, facilities, etc., as needed at each site.
        -  Serve as an additional guidance resource, providing advice and counsel to students.
        -  Instruct students in applicable safety areas (e.g., driver education, government, etc.)
        -  Help administrators with filing juvenile petitions as needed.
        -  Work with school, community, law-enforcement and judicial systems.