School Resource Officer
The education and safety of our students in Faulkner County is paramount to Sheriff Ryals. He has assigned one deputy dedicated as the School Resource Office (SRO) for the County. This position falls under the command of the Patrol Lieutenant.
This SRO program creates an opportunity for the students to have open lines of communication and dialogue with a law enforcement officer. This helps to develop trust and promote stronger relationships between students and law enforcement.
The SRO engages with the students using the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program, which stands for: Courage, Honesty, Optimism, Integrity, Choices, Equals, and Success. This program covers the topics of self-esteem, rules, laws, consequences, accountability, and making smart choices. There is also an opportunity to follow up this program with a tour of the Faulkner County Detention Center.
There are several other programs currently available through the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office, which include:
- 911 and Stranger Danger/Grades K-4
- Internet Safety/Grades 6-8
- DWI Program/Grades 9-12
- Dangers of Texting and Driving 9-12
The Sheriff's Office offers these programs to all public and private schools throughout Faulkner County.
In addition to being in the schools throughout Faulkner County, the SRO also enforces school zone speed limits, follows school buses on their pickup/drop off routes, as well as rides on the school buses during their pickup/drop off routes.