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School Resource Officers

The Jefferson City Police Department School Resource Officers are members of a select group of specially-trained, law enforcement officers assigned to a school on a full-time basis.

They fulfill three key roles within their school communities:

 

  • Police Officer- The SRO is a visible law enforcement presence on campus to deter, prevent, and respond to crime. He or she advises school officials on law-related matters, helps assess school safety needs, and serves as a vital link to other emergency personnel during critical incidents.

 

SRO Triad

 

  • Educator - The SRO serves as a guest classroom instructor, teaching law and safety-related topics which are relevant to the school's learning goals.

 

  • Counselor - The SRO also serves as an informal advisor and conflict mediator to students. Students are encouraged to seek advice from the SRO so that issues can be addressed in a positive, trusting atmosphere before it develops into more serious problems.

 

 

Beyond these roles, SROs serve as role models for today's students, who often need positive influences in their lives. 

In an effective SRO program, the school campus is the officer's beat.  The SRO is the center of many school activities and extracurricular events and is a classroom resource as well.  To be of maximum effectiveness, the SRO must be integrated into the school community.  The exclusive focus on the physical and social territory of the school is an important aspect of the SRO concept.  Unlike the police officer who responds to school problems as a result of an emergency call from the principal, the SRO regards the school as his/her community.  The officer knows the school's physical design and layout and is aware of who belongs on campus and who does not. 

SRO programs can provide an efficient means for law enforcement officials to combat community violence by placing officers "where the action is."  Street officers are kept on the street where they need to be and SROs handle campus incidents at school.

The Jefferson City police Department School Resource Officer Program is widely recognized throughout the state as a trend setting program and we have provided training and guidance for agencies throughout the state in developing similar programs. 

The following personnel make up our School Resource Officer Program:

 

Collier Nichols

 

 

Officer Collier Nichols is assigned to Jefferson City High School.  Officer Nichols has been a Jefferson City Police Officer since 2007 and assumed his assignment as a School Resource Officer in August 2011.  Prior to his current assignment, Officer Nichols was assigned to the Operations Division of the Jefferson City Police Department as a Patrol Officer.  He is also a current advisor for our Explorer Youth Program.

Les Martin - Jefferson City High School

 

 

 

Officer Les Martin is assigned to Jefferson City High School.  Officer Martin has been a Jefferson City Officer since 1995 and has been a School Resource Officer since 1999.  Prior to his assignment as SRO and the District Safety/Security Coordinator, Officer Martin was a Patrol Officer for the Jefferson City Police Department, with previous experience from the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

 

 

Officer Seth Wigel is assigned to the Jefferson City Academic Center. Officer Wigel was previously assigned as a DARE Instructor within our local elementary schools and assumed his position as a School Resource Officer in 2012.

 

Officer David Mays is assigned to Lewis and Clark Middle School.  Officer Mays was previously assigned to the Operations Division of the Jefferson City Police Department as a Patrol Officer and assumed her position as a School Resource Officer in 2012.

 

 

Officer Chris Gosche is assigned to Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Officer Gosche has been a Jefferson City Police Officer since 2001, and assumed his assignment as a School Resource Officer in August 2011. Prior to his current assignment, Officer Gosche was assigned to the Operations Division of the Jefferson City Police Department as a Patrol Officer.  He is also a current member of the Department's Honor Guard Section.

 

Officer Hervin Robinson is assigned to Simonsen 9th Grade Center.  Officer Robinson has been a Jefferson City Police Officer since 2008, and has been a School Resource Officer since August of 2012. 

 

These officers are assigned to the Community Services Unit of the Jefferson City Police Department, under the supervision of Sergeant Pat McCutchen.

 

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