The School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related education teacher.
Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Martin County School District received a special honor as the SRO unit was named the state’s “School Resource Officers Agency of the Year”. The award was presented by the Florida Association of School Resource Officers during its 32nd Annual Training Conference in Orlando.
Located at 800 SE Monterey Roadi n Stuart, the Martin County Sheriff’s office is lead by Sheriff Robert Crowder who began his law enforcement career working as a dispatcher for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 1965. While attending college, he worked as a dispatcher, jailer, clerk, and fingerprint technician. Sheriff Crowder was first elected in 1992 and re-elected by the voters of Martin County in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Regarding the award, Sheriff Crowder said:
“It’s a great honor to be recognize throughout the state of Florida. . .this award is the result of the dedication of our deputies, their accomplishments at each of our schools and the supportive partnership we have with the Martin County School District.”
School Superintendent Nancy Kline leads the Martin County School Districtwhich has been rated by the Florida Department of Education as an “A” grade school district for 10 consecutive years: Superintendent Kline said the following:
“We are extremely proud of the outstanding partnership we have with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and its School Resource Officers. Student safety is always our highest priority. Our School Resource Officers play a critical role in keeping our students and campuses safe.”
Reference Press Release: Cathy Brennan-Public Information Officer Martin County School District, Stuart 772-219-1200 Ext. 30444