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School Resource Officers from across the country undergo training in Huntsville

The National Association of School Resource Officers is training 30 SRO's on how to bridge the gap between officers and the students and faculty at their schools.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 6:33 PM

School Resource Officers from different parts of the United States are in Huntsville this week.

The National Association of School Resource Officers is training 30 SRO's on how to bridge the gap between officers and the students and faculty at their schools.

Scott Trew has worked for the Huntsville Police Department for more than 5 years. He has now earned a spot as one of the department's school resource officers.

"On the streets as an officer I get to work with these kids but not on a daily basis. In the school, I get to work with these kids in a mentoring aspect and really try to make a difference in their lives," Trew said.

He's using the course to prepare him for his new duties.

"I"m just getting some tips and advice on how we can take that first step to get them opening up to us. Once we do knock some walls down we get to know them. That's what makes that school a safer place," he added.

One deputy we talked to traveled from Mississippi and will be in charge of the seven school resource officers in his county back home.

"This national level course is an excellent course has a lot of good ideas that we can put back in place when we take it back home, and so you combine that with information you learn at a state level course and put together a plan that keeps everyone safe," said Lt. Mike Cowan with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Cowan explained he'll be leaning on the other officers he's met during the training throughout the school year.

"A big portion of this class is the opportunity to network and talk to the other officers and find out what has worked with them in other situations they have faced. Good, bad or indifferent some of it is very positive experiences or 'hey I wouldn't do it that way because,'" he added.

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