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School Resource Officers train in Albany

July 25, 2005

Albany -- Police officers assigned to work in individual schools is becoming more common throughout the state.

Those officers organized The Georgia Association of School Resource Officers in 1994. The state's fast growing law enforcement association is meeting this week in Albany to make schools safer.

 Other School Resource Officers call Karen Gary "the Mother of their organization." Gary founded the Georgia Association of School Resource Officers 11 years ago, and wrote the training manual taught in Forsyth. Gary said "Students are learning. Our teachers are safe while teaching. Our law enforcement agencies are being looked upon not only as the bad guy, but as positive role models."

More than 70 School Resource officers, representing 32 law enforcement agencies across the state are in Albany this week for a training conference. Captain Lynn Wood said "Maybe we haven't had the problem that some of them have yet, but it's probably coming. And we can talk about it."

School resource officers say they are not only keeping schools safe. They learn a lot from the school kids about crime. Gary said "One thing that people take for granted, is our young people know what's happening in our communities."

And these officers says they see the S.R.O. trend growing throughout the state. Gary said "It makes a difference, to have the presence of someone there who cares."

 The School Resource Officers say researching trends in schools throughout the state and the country will keep up to date, and better able to keep their schools safe.

The Georgia School Resource Officers' conference here will run through Wednesday.

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