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Lt. N. Frieslander-Unit Commander


Sgt. D. Segers


Sgt. E. Brown



      New Hanover County expanded their School Resource Officer (SRO) program in 1997.  This project has been very successful.  As of now, we have 22 full time SROs.  The purpose of the School Resource Officer is to be a peace officer by maintaining security and order on campus with the legal authority to arrest if required.  The SRO is a resource officer in areas of Law Enforcement Education that can be applied to the classroom.  When asked, the SRO develops various classroom presentations on a variety of subjects from substance abuse, youth and violence, gangs, motor vehicle law and safe driving, juvenile law, etc. and is available to the faculty of their school to address student classrooms when requested.



     Finally, the SRO can and does play the role as counselor, by mediating, listening and assisting students with various problems.  This approach enables the SRO to be a positive Law Enforcement role model and use proactive prevention by exposing the human qualities of law enforcement to our youth and giving them a trustworthy friend to depend on. 






     The SRO unit is now teaching the G.R.E.A.T. program to the 5th and 6th grades.  The G.R.E.A.T. curriculum is a skills-based curriculum designed to produce knowledge and behavioral changes through the use of innovative teaching techniques. The curriculum has integrated National Learning English Language Arts Standards and National Health Standards and is based on effective research practices. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.  During the summer, SROs participate in the ‘S.A.F.E. Summer Program’.  In this program, the SROs work hand-in-hand with rising 6th grade students who graduated the Elementary G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. The  ‘S.A.F.E. Summer Program’ teaches children to have a fun summer without drugs and violence.  It also gives the students an opportunity to interact and have fun with the Deputies on a casual basis, creating a greater bond between them and law enforcement.





     During Christmas time, the SRO Unit does a program called ‘Make a Child Smile’.  We ask the counselors or social workers from our elementary schools for the names of needy children.  The SRO Unit adopts these children out to other county employees and individuals who receive a list with the child’s age, sex, sizes and a preferred gift.  Then, one night close to Christmas, we invite the selected children and their families to join us.  We provide refreshments and soon after everyone finishes, Santa arrives!  He always brings his favorite book “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to read to the children.  After this, Santa calls each child up one at a time and presents them with their very special Christmas gifts.


Both Make a Child Smile and S.A.F.E. Summer are made possible through donations, the hard work of the SROs and the support of Sheriff McMahon.

If you have any questions about the SRO Unit or would like to donate to Make a Child Smile or S.A.F.E. Summer, please contact us at 910-798-4227 or 910-798-4226.

Links of Interest:

New Hanover County Schools - Home Page

NCASRO Home page

G.R.E.A.T. Program - Gang Resistance Education And Training

School Resource Officer

Safe and Drug Free Schools

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

North Carolina Offender Registry

National School Safety Center

Teen Drug Evolution: A Parent’s Resource Guide