Virginia School Resource Officer (SRO) Program
The Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to providing safe schools where students can learn and teachers can teach. The proactive and effective School Resource Officer Program (SRO) is one component of the partnership that commits public safety personnel to the safety and security of the school community. The central mission of the law enforcement–educator partnership is student success. When students succeed, the entire community succeeds. Student success contributes to community safety: students who experience success and make positive contributions within their schools become productive citizens in the larger community.
The South Boston Police Department and the surrounding jurisdiction supplies full-time resource officers to the high school and middle school in the Halifax County School Systems. The South Boston Police Department serves the Halifax County High School. The security of our students allows the school to supply a safe and productive learning environment.
The role of the school resource officer, SRO, is to serve the schools as their community officer and enforce all local, state, and federal laws. The SRO also serves as a law related advisory to school administrators, parents, and students regarding legal issues.
In addition, some of the expectations of an SRO are to create a liaison with all stakeholders, formulate crime prevention tactics and provide security for school functions such as athletics events. The SRO is available for parent-teacher meetings and to enhance the problem solving initiatives at the high school.
The SRO does not enforce or investigate violations of school policy rules or matters of school disciplinary actions and is not considered to be a member of the school staff or facility.
The SRO program designed to promote and foster the ongoing partnership between law enforcement, the school system, and the community to ensure safer schools, successful students, and productive citizens.
Halifax County School Resource Office contact information:
Officer Edwin M. Cawthon office: 434-575-2080
South Boston Police Department 434-575-4273
For emergency: dial 911