Sarasota County Schools to Hire More SROs for 2019-2020 School Year

Sarasota County Schools to Hire More SROs for 2019-2020 School Year

The Sarasota County Schools Police Department in Florida plans to hire at least 25 more school resource officers and supervisors for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Sarasota County Schools Police Department in Florida plans to hire at least 25 more school resource officers and supervisors for the 2019-2020 school year.

The SCSPD is currently made up of 26 school resource officers, three sergeants, two regional response units, one police chief and multiple staff and technical positions for department support. As part of an agreement that ends June 30, local law enforcement agencies such as the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office also supply officers at schools throughout the county.

“Ultimately the goal of the school police is to make sure to provide the very best service with all of our partners for the safety of the students,” said Chief Tim Enos with the Sarasota County Schools Police Department.

Most of the district’s elementary schools, one middle school and one high school have school resource officers from the schools department. Local law enforcement covers the other campuses. There are two officers at each high school, and the middle and elementary school campuses each have an officer.

“The kids in order to learn have to come to a safe environment and all of the stuff that we do at the school police department our faculty, our partners, the municipalities, the sheriff, the teachers, the parents," Enos said. "Everybody is what makes this school safe.”

The chief is currently interviewing SRO candidates and hopes to hire the new officers by July 8.  

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