FROM A POST ON THE CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE FACEBOOK PAGE:
This week, SROs from Cherokee County were in North Carolina to attend and instruct the NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers) Basic SRO Course. Deputies Floyd Brooks and Tracy Nelson were in attendance while Lt. Jordan Kelley served as one of the instructors for the course.
“This course provides instruction on various topics that SROs deal with almost every day,” says Lt. Kelley. “From school law to behavioral health and threat assessment, it provides training that is critical to the success of any SRO program. We are lucky to now have all SROs working within Cherokee County Schools trained with NASRO, the ‘Gold Standard’ in school-based law enforcement training.”
Attendees of the course also included those from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, and even Alaska. This gave them an opportunity to network with others and gain ideas to face challenges this coming school year.
“We are extremely proud of how far we have come since we’ve had full-time SROs in our schools,” Sheriff Jeff Shaver said. “This training has allowed us to place not just a deputy in our schools but a trained professional in them. I’m now proud that we can have not only a county-wide influence but also a national footprint when it comes to promoting school safety.”
Don Bridges, NASRO Instructor from the Baltimore County Police Department from Baltimore County, Maryland, was there with Lt. Kelley to also instruct portions of the course. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a NASRO Basic SRO Course August 22-26. For information on attending the course, please contact Lt. Kelley.