School Resource Officer
The School Based Programs Section consists of the High School Unit, the Middle School
Unit, and the Elementary School Unit.
These units comprise the School Resource Officer (SRO) program and provides Resource
Officers at the High School, Middle School and Elementary school level. They shall
provide "in-school" presence to the children attending the respective schools. The
High School and Middle School SRO teaches various life-skill classes and the Elementary
School Unit does the same in addition to teaching select classes on "Crossroad -
Its Your Choice" program.
The School Resource Officer Program assigns a full-time Deputy Sheriff to each Manatee
County senior and middle school. The School Resource Officers (SROs) are responsible
for law enforcement, mentoring and formal counseling, classroom teaching, and providing
a positive role model for the students.