Executive Order No. 203 – New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Part 5;

16 Sep 2020 | Under Press Releases | Posted by | 0 Comments

This is Part 5 of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Information Sharing.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Wayne County Government will be working to address Executive Order No. 203 – New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative through community engagement, planning, listening and learning, and with public comments.

Should law enforcement have a presence in schools with School Resource Officers?

Everyday our Wayne County school districts host roughly 15,000 students and staff members in the eleven school districts and Williamson BOCES Campus. It continues to be my vision to provide a School Resource Officer to every school district in the county by this Office and/or with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies to provide safety and security to our most vulnerable population and sites.

School Resource Officers are intended to increase the safety of schools and their students and teachers. Organizations like Fair and Just Prosecution argue that the presence of police in the schools results in student arrests and unnecessary contact between youth and the criminal justice system for what otherwise would be considered truancy or teenage misbehavior causing  these early interactions with the criminal justice system for disciplinary issues led some to coin this phenomena the “school to prison pipeline” http://www.justicepolicy.org/news/8775. The conversation regarding the “school to prison pipeline” is a continued conversation I have with school boards, school superintendents and administrators which is not the case here in Wayne County, New York.

My staff and I continually examine our community’s use of SROs to determined their placement in schools which best serves the needs of the students and reflects the needs and values of the school district and community.

The Sheriff’s Office and the school districts have clearly established their roles and responsibilities with contractual agreements on how SROs are used in your schools. Student discipline is the responsibility of the school officials, not the deputy sheriff SRO. The SROs are used to assist with parent engagement, conflict resolution strategies, to fast track other resources to assist the school district, students and parents, and to provide a safe and secure school environment.  

The Sheriff’s Office SROs have special training on contemporary youth issues, how to handle juvenile issues with conflict resolution and alternatives to arrest when dealing with youth truancy and misbehavior in a school setting.

Currently the Sheriff’s Office partners with Wayne, Williamson, Sodus, North Rose-Wolcott, Red Creek, Clyde-Savannah, Lyons and Newark Schools Districts and the Williamson BOCES Campus with the School Resource Officer Program.  

Provided below are documents for the School Resource Officer contract (Sodus Central School District) with the school districts, School Resource Officer Program and School Resource Officer Duties.

This is a discussion that will take place at future community engagement listening sessions to be scheduled at a later date.

Posted by Sheriff Barry Virts