New School Resource Officer Program for the Sheriff’s Office
3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938
Public Information Officer, Mariano Valle
Office: (915) 538-2119
“We Serve With Pride”
Sheriff Richard Wiles is pleased to announce that starting April 1st, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will begin a new School Resource Officer (SRO) program in the Clint Independent School District with six deputies and the San Elizario Independent School District with two deputies. We are currently working to fill two final SRO positions in the near future.
The Sheriff’s Office has been working to obtain a grant for this four-year program and was notified last fall by the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office that it was one of the few law enforcement agencies in the nation to receive a grant. The program has a total four-year cost of approximately 3 million dollars. The grant is for 1.25 million dollars with matching funds of approximately 1.5million dollars coming from the school districts and approximately $218,000 from the County of El Paso.
Each school based SRO Deputy will address: 1) the reduction of drug dealing or use on school grounds; 2) solving problems experienced by students on their way to and from school; 3) incidences of assault and sexual assault; 4) the elimination of alcohol use and alcohol-related problems; 5) threats and intimidation; 6) loitering and disorderly conduct directly related to crime/student safety; 7) disputes that pose a threat to student safety; and 8) larceny.
The SRO Deputies will also be involved in community meetings and/or school presentations on a monthly basis to build mutual trust and rapport. They will be able to reach out, communicate, and educate students and offer programs such as the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy and the Sheriff’s Office Explorer program. “This is a great opportunity to have sheriff’s deputies working directly with children in our schools, creating positive bonds that will foster trust and respect that will continue into their adult years. Allowing for continued communication and interaction that has already proven to assist in keeping our community a safe place to live, work and play” said Sheriff Wiles.