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The Department of Public Safety is a certified law enforcement agency established under The Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program that places law enforcement officers within local schools.

The school resource officer initiative is designed to increase the rapport between students and police officers and to establish the school resource officer as a source of information on criminal law and public safety information for students, staff, administrators, and parents.

School resource officers utilize expertise and training in law enforcement to foster a better understanding of legal issues and the judicial process. S.R.O.s work to reduce school violence by enforcing violations of the law occurring on school property, by informing students of the dangers of substance abuse, by introducing programs that will promote and enhance acceptable social behavior, and by serving as positive role models.

Mission

public_safety_badgeThe mission of the DeKalb County School District – Department of Public Safety is to provide Mission Statement The mission of the DeKalb County School District – Department of Public Safety is to provide professional, fair and effective police services consistent with the laws and needs of our District. professional, fair and effective police services consistent with the laws and needs of our District. We are dedicated to developing a partnership between law enforcement and the school community We are dedicated to developing a partnership between law enforcement and the school community that ensures a safe and secure learning environment free of bullying, violence, weapons, and drugs. that ensures a safe and secure learning environment free of bullying, violence, weapons and drugs.

Our goal is to provide a positive law enforcement influence that concentrates on safety and security, encourages partnerships between school district administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as fosters education so that every student can reach their fullest potential Our goal is to provide a positive law enforcement influence that concentrates on safety and security, encourages partnerships between school district administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as fosters education so that every student can reach their fullest potential.

Introduction

kids (1)The School Resource Officer program was designed to develop partnerships between law enforcement and the school community.

The placement of School Resource Officers in our schools allows the DeKalb School Police Department an opportunity to have direct interaction with school staff, students, parents and citizens in our community.

Public safety and law enforcement are the primary responsibility of the S.R.O., with an emphasis on prevention. The aim is to provide a positive law enforcement influence that concentrates on safety and security, encourages relationships between officers, school administrators, teachers and students, and fosters education so that every child can reach their fullest potential in a safe learning environment.

History:

crossingThe Department of Public Safety was created in September 1998. In July 1999, the first nineteen school resource officers were hired and assigned to the existing high schools as directed by the Board of Education.

Additional positions were created in July 2000; eight detectives, fifteen middle school resource officers, three sergeants, and two transport resource officers.

Our motto is “Education is not achieved without a safe environment” because the “The school cannot live apart from the community.”

Goals:

  • Our goal is to establish a safe environment for the learning process and eliminate barriers between our youth and police.
  • To enhance safety in and around schools in the DeKalb School District through the development and implementation of safety measures and programs.
  • To enhance the learning environment for students within the DeKalb School District through anti-bullying programs and other measures.
  • To provide a high level of police service to the DeKalb School District and neighborhoods surrounding schools.
  • To reduce juvenile crime and gang activity in the community.
  • To increase school attendance by helping students with the presence of peer pressure and the challenges of teenage life by giving classes through the G.R.E.A.T. Program and Youth Crime Watch of America.
  • To build trust and a positive relationship with students as well as provide students counseling and advice on potential problems involving police.