School Resource Officer Program
School Resource Officers (SROs) conduct the following presentations in high schools and middle schools across the County: Prescription Drugs to Heroin, Gangs & Associated Violence, Diversity & Tolerance, Cyber Law, Alcohol & the High School Student, Social Host & Pre-Prom, What to do When Stopped by the Police, Active Shooter and Vehicle Survival-Behind the Wheel. SROs make it their top priority to present these topics in a manner that engages young people and speaks to them in relevant terms.
It is CRB’s mission to make qualified SROs available to any school district that requests, or will accept, assistance. Presentations and assistance are also offered to elementary schools as appropriate and when the SROs’ schedules permit. SROs also conduct informational forums on requested topics such as, information regarding the growing Heroin epidemic, tactics to promote safe usage of the internet, and proper conduct in social settings.
Vaping presentations were increasingly requested to address the growing use of Vape devices by youth in middle and high schools. SROs are assigned both to CRB and the individual Precincts. They meet together with CRB on a quarterly basis in order to share information and receive group training so that all SROs possess the most current information concerning the schools in which they work. These quarterly “trainers” also enhance the consistency, accuracy and quality of the information that is provided to students county-wide.
SROs work closely with school officials in identifying at-risk youth. Officers engage these students through mentoring, and then guide them to resources in their area to help form more positive behavior and choices. SROs continued mentoring programs in Copiague, William Floyd and Wyandanch.
SCPD has assigned a Spanish speaking SRO to Brentwood Central School District to give additional support to the students and administration. This SRO is specifically assigned to engage students at the middle schools and the Freshmen Center offering mentoring, classroom instruction, after school engagement, and organized programs throughout the summer. The Department will continue this partnership, providing an additional mentoring police / youth engagement program in Brentwood West Middle School.
In 2018, after the tragic active shooter incident in Parkland Florida, the Public School Superintendent’s Association requested increasing the number of SROs assigned within school buildings throughout the police district. Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Chief of Department Stuart Cameron, members of the Homeland Security Section and CRB participated in numerous forums relating to school safety concerns surrounding active shooters. SCPD trained 30 additional patrol officers as SROs to provide dual service in addition to their duties on routine patrol.
The Department ensured that current SROs participated in active shooter exercises conducted by the Homeland Security Section and Special Patrol Bureau. Those officers were put through a simulated event involving tactical drills such as hallway, stairwell and room clearing, as well as rendering aid to victims and witnesses. The Suffolk County Police Department has School Resource Officers who offer presentations for students in grades K-12. Our specially trained police officers bring a unique perspective and share relevant, on-the-job experiences about these issues with students. Many schools have decided to have presentations during their Health curriculum since all students must attend this particular course of study. We have also presented in Driver’s Education classes, Law classes, Criminal Justice/Forensic classes as well as at special assemblies or “theme” days for drug prevention, bullying, safety and character. We can tailor our programs and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of each individual school. If you would like to schedule a presentation for the upcoming school year, please contact the SCPD Community Relations Bureau.
The Suffolk County Police Department also has School Resource Officers that are assigned to each precinct throughout the police district. The role and responsibility of our precinct SRO’s includes acting as the Department’s liaison between the school administration and faculty by providing safe learning environments in our schools, providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with youth, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protecting all students, so they can reach their fullest potentials.
|1st Precinct: 631-854-8129
PO Jeanne Osias
PO Christine Amon
|2nd Precinct: 631-854-8276
PO Tom Arana-Wolfe
|3rd Precinct: 631-854-8308
PO Tracy Mathis
PO Alfredo Alvarado-Diaz
|4th Precinct: 631-854-8478/8475
PO Jennifer Andriano
|5th Precinct: 631-854-8576
PO Brenda Ruotolo
|6th Precinct: 631-854-8661
PO Keith Murphy
PO Kathryn Skippon
|7th Precinct 631-852-8768
PO Heidi Cummings
PO Shakara Richardson