The following is a news release from the Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office, Deputies Tim Clark, Terry Tussey and Kevin Pelphrey will be sharing the duties as School Resource Officers at Johnson Central High School and Johnson Co. Middle School. One full-time Deputy will be stationed between the high school and the middle school. The deputy will also visit all the county elementary schools on a regular basis. A School Resource Officer, or SRO, is a sworn law enforcement officer, whereas a School Security Officer is a civilian person employed by a local board of education. The School Security Officer monitors anyone entering or leaving school grounds. They serve as “eyes and ears” for the school. They are unarmed, and have no powers of arrest.
Pictured is Deputies Kevin Pelphrey and Tim Clark
Not Pictured is Deputy Terry Tussey
An SRO is employed through a contract between a local law enforcement agency and the board of education. An SRO can serve in a variety of roles, including law enforcement officer, law-related educator, problem-solver, and community liaison. SROs play a very important role in the safety of our schools. The US Dept. of Justice has stated, “Communities throughout the nation recognize that trained, sworn law enforcement officers assigned to schools make a difference. Collaboration between schools and law enforcement is a major step to increasing school security and preventing acts of terrorism or violence within schools”. In these uncertain times, School Safety is a top priority to the Johnson County School System, the Sheriff’s Office and the community as a whole. Sheriff Price and the officers at the Johnson County Sheriff’s office are pleased to partner with Johnson County Schools to help safeguard our children.