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School Resource Officers

"Communities throughout the nation recognize that trained, sworn law enforcement officers assigned to schools make a difference". (U. S. Department of Justice)

Kentucky statutes define a SRO as a sworn law enforcement officer who has specialized training to work with youth at a school site. These SROs serve in a variety of roles, including law enforcement officer, law-related educator, problem-solver, and community liaison.

There are approximately 230 SRO's in over half of Kentucky's counties.

For more information contact Lee Ann Morrison at the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

School Resource Officer Awards

School Resource Officer Awards It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers award winners.

These awards are well deserved and we are very proud of each nomination we received!
2020 KYASRO Scholarship winners:
  1. Kolton Grider, Russell County
  2. Brandon Thomas,
    Montgomery County
  3. Marisa Fields, Metcalfe County
2020 Award Winners:
  • James Poynter, SRO of the Year, Kenton County Schools
  • Rookie of the Year
    (to be announced)
  • Mark Willhoite, Administrator of the Year, Carroll County Schools
Special awards given by KYASRO for 2020:
  • KYASRO President’s Award – Boone County Sheriff’s Office
  • KYASRO Award of Merit – Lee County Schools and SRO, John Marshall
  • KYASRO Lifetime Achievement Award – Ashland Police Department in honor of Danny Mooney
KYASRO/KCSS Promising SRO Programs
  • Boone County
  • Fayette County
  • Ashland Ind.

Congratulations to all the award and scholarship winners!

SROs work with ...KY Safe Schools Week

SSW ProclamationDeputy Glenn Woodard organized the signing of the Kentucky Safe Schools Week Proclamation in Warren County.

Deputy Sheriff Mike Lucas in Henry County was instrumental in their school districts' taking the online STOP! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behavior Pledge.
Henry County pledges






KSP Launches Statewide Safe Schools Active Shooter Training Program

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – KSP launched a statewide Active Shooter Training Program (ASTP) as part of a Safe School Initiative developed by the agency for the purpose of heightening security practices for maximum school safety. The KSP, with input from school administrators across the state, has developed a program aimed at assisting Kentucky schools on how to respond effectively during an active shooter incident. This program is designed to provide four levels of assistance to aid school officials in establishing or complimenting their current emergency management response plans. These levels include, on-site visits, target hardening, lock down drills and hands-on role-playing scenarios that simulate an active shooter incident within a school setting. Click to read more

School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units, and FERPA

KYASRO VideoSchool Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The purpose of this guidance is to address questions about how FERPA applies to schools’ and districts’ disclosures of PII from student education records to school security units, outside law enforcement entities, School Resource Officers (SROs), and other schools.
Click to read more


KYASRO VideoWatch the informational KYASRO video created by DOCJT:
Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource




School Resource Officer Awards

Ray Chumbler Ray Chumbler receives the region 2 meritorious service award

School Resource Officer AwardsIt is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the 2019 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers award winners. The award ceremony will take place at the annual Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) Leadership Institute at the Galt House in Louisville, KY on Wednesday, July 17th at 11:30.

These awards are well deserved and we are very proud of each nomination we received!

  • Tony Likins, Anderson County KYASRO School Resource Officer of the Year (View image on The Anderson News Facebook)
  • William Schwartz, Kenton County Educator of the Year
  • Bill Rudie, Fairview Ind.
    KYASRO Award of Merit
  • Chris Shelton, Warren County
    KYASRO Award of Merit
  • Senator Max Wise
    KYASRO President’s Award

2017 – 2018 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) Award Winners

  • Rookie of the Year – Tyler Brummett, Pulaski County Schools
  • SRO Award of Merit – Adam Teater, Jessamine County Schools
  • Administrator of the Year – Morgan Howell, Jessamine County Schools
  • SRO of the Year – Tony Sacra, Jefferson County Schools
  • KYASRO Lifetime Achievement – Larry Zacheretti, McCracken County Schools

2016 – 2017 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) Award Winners

  • SRO of the Year – Joel Shepherd (Erlanger/ Elsmere)
  • Administrator of the Year – Josh Hunt (Christian County)
  • Rookie SRO of the Year – Bryan Tackett (Russell Ind.)
  • KYASRO Awards of Merit –
    - Eric Sowers (Nicholasville)
    - Kevin Babcock (Powell County)
    - Leslie Gregory (Madisonville)
    - Clint Newton (Providence School)
    - Mike Townsend (Powell County)
    - Steve Tucker (Christian County)
    - Eric Evans (Logan County)

SRO Bill Eckler
Pictured left: Keynote speaker, Bob Couchman
Pictured right: Chris Barrier, SRO in Montgomery County Schools, awards Katelyn Thomas with the 2016 KYASRO Scholarship

Congratulations to our 2016 KYASRO Award and Scholarship Winners:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Roy Black, Fort Knox
  • KYASRO SRO of the Year – David Amon, Garrard County Schools
  • Teachers of the Year - Leah Manley, Melissa Arnett and Dustin High, Montgomery County Schools
  • 2015 – 2016 Scholarship Recipients – Katelyn Thomas, Montgomery County Schools

SRO Bill Eckler
SRO Bill Eckler of Madison Southern High School in Berea, KY. had the opportunity to present a $100.00 check from the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers to, teacher, Emily Alexander and some students from her Family and Consumer Sciences Class. They are working to raise money to support their Santa’s Workshop Fundraiser and in turn, purchasing Christmas gifts for local needy children. Mrs. Alexander and her students have been very busy preparing and selling breakfast to the staff at Madison Southern as they raise money for this very good cause.

The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) 2015 awards.

Waldrop2015 KYASRO Scholarship Award winner Kathryn Harrison
Mike Waldrop, Warren County Schools/Warren County SO – SRO of the Year, and 2015 KYASRO Scholarship Award winner Kathryn Harrison

The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) 2014 awards.
  • Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year – Officer Sam Wade, Nicholasville Police Department/Jessamine County Schools.
    This award is given to a school resource officer who has served as a strong role model and has provided services to their schools and communities above and beyond what is expected in their position.
  • Rookie of the Year – Deputy Scott West, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department/Pulaski County Schools.
    This award is given to an SRO who is new in the role of law enforcement within a school environment but has made a positive impact on their school community.
  • KYASRO Award of Merit – Jim McKinney, the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT).
    This special award given by KYASRO is to honor an individual’s efforts in the area of school safety.

The KYASRO association would like to extend their appreciation to all the award winners for their efforts in keeping Kentucky’s students safe.

During the 2013 National Safe Schools Conference, three awards out of fifteen total were given to Kentucky SROs. The following officers/agency were recognized:
  • Billy King, Nicholasville Police Department
  • Joe Saunier, Lawrenceburg Police Department
  • Owensboro Police Department

The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) presented awards given during the 2013 Safe Schools and Communities Conference. The awards and recipients were:
  • SRO of the Year – Officer Vernon Brown – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office/Western High School
  • Administrator(s) of the Year – Steve Butcher, Supt.-Pulaski County Schools; Kent Jackson Parrent, Asst. Principal – Christian County Schools/Christian County High School
  • Rookie of the Year – Officer Kent Keen-Barren County Sheriff’s Office/Barren County Schools
  • Award of Merit – Officer Jeff May – Grayson Police Department/East Carter High School

School Resource Officer Annual Report

The current SRO Annual Report was published in May, 2016. In the spring of 2016, researchers from the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) conducted a panel study examining the attributes of School Resource Officers throughout the state of Kentucky. Valuable information can be gleaned from within this 29 page report on current trends, practices and funding levels.

Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers

The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers has a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen members to direct that organization. Download KYASRO Brochure

KYASRO Regional Map

The KYASRO Regional Map is divided into six regions. These regions are used for training and networking purposes.

School Resource Officer Resources

NEW WEBSITE: The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers, or KYASRO, is dedicated to the support of SROs throughout the Commonwealth. KYASRO seeks to off a forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and information regarding best practices for School Based Law Enforcement Officers.

Kentucky Revised Statute 158.441 requires that the local law enforcement agency and schools have a written contract. A model SRO contract has been developed and can be modified to meet the needs of individual districts and agencies. You may obtain a copy of this template from KCSS.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS (a brief highlighting the positive impact of SROs authored by The Institute for Preventive Strategies ) School Resource Officers (SRO’s) play a very important role in the safety of our schools. Collaboration between schools and law enforcement is a major step to increasing school security and preventing acts of terrorism or violence within schools. The Institute for Preventive Strategies is a national service of the Center for Rural Development, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Somerset Kentucky.

Model SRO programs across the state that can provide important advice and information for new or fledgling program. The Center has developed a set of standards for SRO programs which can be used to assess the quality of the programs.

Article: School Resource Officers: A Vital Part of School Safety

Crime Prevention Month

October is Crime Prevention Month, a perfect time to Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC). Celebrate Safe Communities is a national initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and was developed in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2008. CSC is an annual event.