This is a question that is common with parents, teachers, and community leaders. The question is easily answered when you ask yourself the following:
Wouldn't you rather send your child to a school where there is an active law enforcement officer on duty, working with the school system, who acts quickly to solve problems?
Any time an officer is in an area, that officer’s presence alone will usually deter behavior not normally accepted by society.
The Paulding County School system, and the Paulding County Sheriff's Office are working together to confront problems our students must face now. By addressing these issues together and proactively we become increasingly effective.
Throughout the United States each year over 200,000 violent crimes occur on school property. Each year 150,000 students stay home because they are "sick of violence and afraid they might be stabbed, shot, or beaten". Every day in the U.S. 60 teachers are assaulted and 160 are threatened. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 135,000 guns are brought to school each day. During the 1992-93 school year, 91% of urban schools, 81% of suburban schools, and 69% of rural schools identified student vs. student assaults as the leading school related violent act.
Although most statistics are nationwide, we can see the trend. An SRO, if utilized correctly, should be the first line of defense against, drugs, alcohol, and school violence.
Through prevention programs, it is hoped that in Paulding County, we can prevent trends that are hurting youth and education. The school system understands and believes that we hold the future of youth in our hands.