Pulaski County SRO Program

Overview

The School Resource Officer Program for the Pulaski County School System is a beacon in the mist for those schools unable to generate enthusiasm for their SRO programs. A positive message is offered and an attainable example is gifted to all who are interested in making their schools as safe as possible. As we all know, school morale and safety are incredibly important because it is proven that safe schools make successful students.

Pulaski School Resource Officers

Pulaski County High School SRO Alex Wesley and Sheriff Greg Speck discuss how law enforcement can help combat bullying.

About the Pulaski County SRO Program

This new web-site details the successes of the School Resource Officer program that has been so productive in Pulaski County. Recently eight students from Pulaski County were among the first to complete the School Resource Officer student program, Community Works, which combines education and action in order to develop self-esteem, leadership and citizenship skills in both students and teachers.

Pulaski County’s School Resource Officer web-page offers a detailed list of twelve different student programs that can be implemented in the classroom at almost all grade levels. Pulaski County has offered a student police academy to middle and high school students called GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). GEAR UP allows students with an interest in law enforcement the opportunity to learn the various requirements and skills needed to become a police officer.

School Resource Officers Michael Grigsby and Mike Corell both serve on the Community Council for Character, which strongly supports Character-Centered Teaching. Pulaski County uses Character-Centered Teaching because it is an approach that promotes the development of guiding principles in students. Teachers conduct their academic instruction in a manner which clearly and purposefully reflects their own positive character attributes. Pulaski County’s School Resource Officers also condone the combination of Character-Centered Teaching with the 12 Guiding Principles, which are based on the virtues that underlay American government and civil society. The 12 Guiding Principles describe a basic way of acting rather than specific behaviors, which allows schools to bring their diverse communities together by acknowledging basic virtues that everybody has in common.

The Pulaski County School Resource Officer program offers a comprehensive school safety message detailing the proper procedure to follow in case of disaster. This school safety message is very clear about maintaining safety in all kinds of emergencies- including possible terrorist attacks.

Pulaski’s School Resource Officers provide professional development programs to the staff of the Pulaski County School District. Classes like; “Drug and Drug Paraphernalia Recognition,” “Weapons Identification and Recognition,” “Early Warning- Timely Response,” “Teen Culture and Drug Update,” “Gangs and Gang Identification,” and an “Introduction to the School Resource Officer” are among the many reasons Pulaski’s SRO program has been so successful.

Health / Wellness

2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book – State Trends in Child Well-Being – The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book – … 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being …  

Resilience Strategies for Educators: Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support is a training developed by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) TA Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students to assist educators to better understand resilience strategies that can be used to increase their ability to work more effectively with students impacted by stress, loss, and trauma brought on by community or family violence, natural and man-made disasters, and economic hardship. 

Health Services Reference Guide – Kentucky Department of Education – The HSRG is a reference for school districts as they development district-specific policies, procedures and forms.  It is the responsibility of the local school district to keep their health services policies, procedures and forms up to date per state and federal guidelines.

Student Health Services  – Healthy Students are Better Learners – Kentucky Department of Education – The mission of the School Health Services team is to support districts as they support students with their health needs.  We know that there is a critical link between health and learning and the role of schools to help improve the well-being of students. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YHMFA) is a free 6-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.  It explains the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.