Supervisors BREH, CALLERY AND ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION ENDORSING GOALS FOR A FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER PROGRAM
WHEREAS, in an effort to improve interaction with local School Districts and to promote school safety, the Sheriff has proposed the creation of a Deputy Sheriff School Resource Officer (SRO) to rotate between schools within Fulton County; and
WHEREAS, the Sheriff recommends applying for a three (3) year federal Community Oriented Policing Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $125,000.00 to fund the program with participating schools providing the local match for the first three years; thereafter, the cost of the SRO would be a County cost; and
WHEREAS, to promote a comprehensive approach, the Sheriff and Administrative Officer have recommended that the Board of Supervisors endorse the following three goals to guide the Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Program:
- Creation of a Deputy Sheriff School Resource Officer (SRO) ˗ The SRO will be rotated periodically to schools within the county to enhance rapport with students, parents and school staff. The SRO will also be available to assist each school’s administrators in their efforts toward security preparedness and prevention of incidents.
- School Assessment Assistance Program ˗ The Sheriff’s Office, working through the Sheriff’s SRO program, will identify outside resources from federal, state and private organizations that can facilitate professional school facility safety assessments. ˗ Many sources of information and support staff exist throughout the country, including federal agencies, NYS Police, New York State Sheriff’s Association, the NRA School Shield program and others. ˗ The goal will be for the Sheriff’s Office to have an officer or officers trained as certified school security assessment officers available as a resource to help local school officials with planning and establishing best practices.
- New Neighborhood Plan-School Safety Component ˗ The Board of Supervisors endorses a plan to appropriate $100,000.00 in the 2019 Capital Plan to enhance safety in schools within the county as the Year 5 component of the New Neighborhood Plan. ˗ The primary focus will be technology and/or equipment purchases that improve security at a particular school or improve law enforcement’s capabilities to enhance security at local schools.
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors endorses the three goals listed herein to develop and guide the Fulton County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer program to enhance interaction between law enforcement and students, parents and school staff; assist local school districts with school assessments and to enhance security; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Sheriff, All School Districts, District Attorney, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.
Seconded by Supervisor HOWARD and adopted by the following vote:
TOTAL: Ayes: 18 Nays: 0 Absent: 2 (Supervisors Groff and Waldron)Resolutions