School Resource Officers (SRO) are full time law enforcement officers. Each SRO provides a uniformed presence to their school campus. They are prepared and trained to protect the students and faculty from intruders, conduct criminal investigations and patrol their beat (the school). The SRO advises the school administration in safety and security matters as well as lending their expertise in law related issues. Our SRO’s also provide security for after-school events for their assigned schools.
SRO’s can act as counselors. Each SRO has gained a wealth of information over his or her career, which is shared with the students, their parents and the school’s staff. They offer advice in law-related matters; as well as, resources for virtually any need a person might have. Each school and individual student has different needs, but the SRO is there to help any way necessary.
School Resource Officers conduct classroom presentations on a variety of subjects including: law related education, crime and violence prevention, safety, and alcohol and drugs prevention. The deputies who are assigned as School Resource Officers are passionately invested in their schools and proud to be serving the families of Escambia County.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SRO program has rich a history dating back to 1986. The ECSO SRO program was recently recognized by the Florida Attorney General’s Office as having the Outstanding Individual Officer Deputy Ron Gill. The Florida Association of School Resource Officers recognized the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office School Resource program as being the top School Resource program for the state of Florida in 2016.
Currently there are 15 Deputies assigned to the SRO program under the supervision of two Sergeants and one Lieutenant. The ECSO School Resource Officer program has these deputies assigned to 5 high schools and 7 middle schools through the county.