From staff reports
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Officers Ron Whitney, Peru High School, Larry Gulley, Peru Junior High School, Russell Ricks, Blair Pointe Upper Elementary, and Robb Sweet, Elmwood Elementary, successfully completed the extensive 40 hour training course held at the Carmel Police Department in Oct.
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) said it is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids.
School officials said the training provided the four officers with the knowledge and skills to better perform their duties in the school environment. By training these officers to educate, counsel and protect school communities, school officials said they will be better able to lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to the community’s youth.
NASRO is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. NASRO is an organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend.
SRO programs across the nation are founded as collaborative efforts by police agencies, law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and communities. The goal of NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments in the nation’s schools, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster a positive relationship with the nation’s youth, and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting youth, with the goal of protecting every child so they can reach their fullest potential.