School Resource Officers
Working To Keep Our Kids Safe

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Tifton Police Department School Resource Program was formed in 1993 by Chief James Smith. The program currently has five officers: Officer Eddie Bailey, Officer Torrie Adams, Officer Jill Merritt, Officer Jody Abad, and Officer Dawn Tillman.




A School Resource Officer is responsible for many different roles within his/her school:
  • The SRO is vital in problem solving with the school’s administrative team and serves as a link between the school and community. 
  • The SRO is a classroom resource for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • The SRO provides students with a positive role model and a balanced view of law enforcement.
  • The SRO is a proactive law enforcement officer dealing with law related issues on campus.

Problem Solving and Community Link
SRO’s and school administrators work closely with the students and are extensively trained at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to deal with problems and conflicts. Getting the right kind of help to students who need it is the SRO’s top priority. SRO’s are a resource to citizens who may have questions or problems relating to students.

Teacher/Trainer
The SRO is available as a guest speaker or as a resource to the classrooms within his/her school. A few examples of law enforcement-related topics include: Juvenile, Criminal and Constitutional Laws, Search & Seizure, Driving Laws, Personal Safety, Conflict Resolution, and Substance Abuse.

Role Model
Positive guidance is a focal point of this program. SRO’s have the opportunity to leave lasting impressions on the local youth. The SRO’s are more approachable, able to build a rapport with students, and become a source for questions and advice.

Law Enforcer
SRO’s are fully sworn peace officers whose training maximizes their effectiveness in the schools to which they are assigned. The SRO’s school is no different than any other patrol beat. Whether it is disorderly conduct, theft, or assault, the SRO is there to handle it quickly and professionally.
  • The School Resource Officer is not a disciplinarian, but is first and foremost a law enforcement officer and is to be notified in the event of a state law or city ordinance violation.
  • They may also be notified upon any questions that a member of the community may have.