The School Resource Unit consists of one Sergeant and three Deputies. The Unit provides security, investigation services, and drug abuse prevention programs in the school systems in Cecil County outside the incorporated towns. The unit investigated 151 cases generated within the school system, arresting 52 juveniles, including 8 for controlled dangerous substance possession, 1 for alcohol violation, and 17 for assault. 8 students were transported for emergency evaluation, 55 were issued tobacco violation citations, and 15 non-reportable crashes were handled. The DARE program was presented to 550 students in the 6th grade and supplemental opioid lesson to 9th grade students.
School Resource Officers take an interactive approach with students at their schools. They not only investigate crimes in the schools but also participate in a variety of activities including the following:
· Drug prevention and alcohol prevention. The DARE program was presented to 550 students in the sixth grade.
· Coordinate and implement active shooter civilian response training (ALICE). The School Resource Unit along with the Community Resource Unit began the implementation of the ALICE Program training for Cecil County Public School (CCPS) staff. CCPS staff from twelve school buildings, along with the Central Office and the Administrative Services were trained with positive results.
· Provide police security at home football and basketball games, school dances and graduation ceremonies / celebrations.
The School Resource Officers maintain an open and honest relationship with students, which promote a positive image of law enforcement. These officers de-escalate incidents before becoming potentially dangerous and often prevent situations from occurring.
For Fiscal Year 2018 School Resource Unit Statistics please view the 2018 Annual Report