School Resource Officers

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the St. Clair County School District, is committed to providing area schools with a safe learning environment.  This goal is the reason behind the program known as the School Resource Officer (SRO).  The SRO program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement withing the educational environment.

The SRO serves as a counselor, role model, and advocate for students, families, faculty, and staff, while bringing personalized policing to an important segment of St. Clair County.  The SRO is a recognized and approachable resource for student and faculty during and after school, at school events, and at various times throughout St. Clair County.

The SRO Program is composed of two Deputy Sheriffs and allows for the Deputies to be on a St. Clair County School District campus eight hours a day, five days a week, during the academic school year.  By working closely with the students, SROs are able to build a rapport with the and are often more approachable, become a resource for questions and advice and help develop positive attitudes.  SROs work with teachers, parents and school staff to share responsibilities for crafting solution to problems other than arrest.

In addition to being an active high profile law enforcement officer, SROs are resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law enforcement related issues.  While there is expectation of enforcement by the SRO it takes only a portion of their time.  The rest of their response is in the area of prevention.  On any given day you might find the officers giving presentation in a classroom or meeting and talking to students in the hallways.  You will also find them during athletic events and school lunches.
During the summer when school is out, the SROs teach a one day Distracted Driving Course.  This course is offered to all high school students within the St. Clair County School District.  It is a one day course and each student receives a certificate for attending the course.  For more information and to register, please see the Distracted Driving Course Links below:

All 3 Forms MUST be filled out or you will not be permitted to take the course.  Submit all paperwork at either the Pell City or Ashville Sheriff's Office.  For registration questions contact Matt Coupland 205-405-1288 or Matt Morris 205-473-2902.