SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
Officer Thomas Clarke
Harwich Schools Resource Officer
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If we view adolescence as a road then it is appropriate to think of the school resource officer as a traffic cop. As the young people of today travel the road of their personal development, turning left, turning right, trying to find their way, many will encounter potholes and speed bumps particularly through the high school years. They will be faced with decisions on what lane to travel in, what on or off ramps to take, when to pass, when to put on the breaks and without question they will come to many crossroads, often without a map. In those circumstances it’s a good thing to have someone, with their best interests at heart coupled with specialized training and experience, who can call them by their first name to give them directions. Now it’s true, sometimes the traffic cop writes a ticket. Consequences are a part of every decision, good or bad, and while we hope the directions we give will always bring them home safely, it is important to pull them over as early as possible if they start down the wrong road, lest they continue on and drive off an allegorical cliff. Of course, prevention and intervention is always the preferred course and there is nothing quitelike waving to the young, happy, and healthy motorist as they drive by on the road to success. With this metaphor in park, the more formal description of the school resource officer follows.
The School Resource Officer is there for many reasons, most important of which is to be a resource to the students.
The SROs work jointly and in partnership with educators to provide a full spectrum of police services to the school community both on and off campus, to students, teachers and parents. The unit has four primary areas of concentration.
Most kids won’t go to the police station to report an incident but they will seek out their SRO.
• Criminal Investigation
• Traffic Enforcement
• Crime Prevention
• Emergency Management Planning and Training
You can find our SROs in classrooms presenting on topics such as:
• Constitutional Law and Search & Seizure
• Structure and Operation of the Criminal Justice System
• Effects of drugs on the body and legal and school consequences
• Domestic / Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
• How to maximize internship experiences and careers in law enforcement
• The ever-popular “Stump-the-Cop” Q&A
• Assist students with individual research projects and career counseling
• Provide teachers with instructional material and other types of support
The SRO is one more resource available to students, faculty, staff and parents to help solve complicated problems at school or elsewhere. SROs are not certified counselors but as experienced police officers they have spent much of their professional lives working with people in crisis, often when no other resource is available. The SRO is available to use their specialized training and knowledge to support school social workers and guidance counselors or to meet privately with students to assist with all types of issues.
Prevention & Intervention
When not concentrating on the big three areas we are almost constantly engaged in various forms of prevention & intervention.
• Stopping the bad stuff before it starts whenever possible
We look forward to continued success. Combining the resources of our school system and our police department will provide a safer learning environment and a broader educational experience.
Some of the other services provided:
• Serving as a role model to students.
• Deterring misconduct through prevention and intervention.
• Assisting the school administration when others commit acts of violence or other crimes.
• Serving as liaison between the police department and the school.
• Assisting staff with classroom activities involving instruction on various criminal justice issues.
• Providing primary source information to students working on individual projects.
• Assisting with security of the school and it’s grounds.
• Sustaining the reality that our school is a safe learning environment.
• Providing teacher and staff training.
• Acting as a resource to parents.
• Alcohol and other drug resistance education and prevention.
• Providing career counseling to students interested in the law enforcement field.
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Powerful Winter Storm Sunday into Monday (Info as of 7 PM on 2/11) A Winter Storm Warning for the majority of the Commonwealth (except Cape Cod and the Islands). A Blizzard Watch is in effect for Essex County, Eastern Plymouth County, Barnstable County and Nantucket. Snow will overspread the area Sunday morning and will continue, heavy at times, into the day on Monday, ending during the afternoon and evening hours. The snow will be heavy and wet Sunday afternoon and evening (snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour possible). On Sunday, especially in Southeast MA, the conditions may mix with sleet, freezing rain or be all rain. Snow will be light and steady late Sunday night through Monday. Snow may linger into early Monday afternoon in Eastern MA. Heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines. Strong winds will lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility, and additional power outages. SNOWFALL • Berkshires: 10 to 14 inches • North of the Mass Pike: 12 to 18 inches • Along and South of the Mass Pike: 6 to 12 inches • Essex county: 12 to 18 inches • Southern Bristol and Southern Plymouth counties: 6 to 8 inches • Coastal Plymouth county: 6 to 10 inches • Cape Cod: 4 to 8 inches • Nantucket: 2 to 4 inches WINDS Strong winds most of Monday. Northwesterly winds 35-45 mph developing early Monday morning, tapering off Monday night. Damaging wind gusts 50-65 mph for coastal MA, Cape Cod and the Islands. Blowing and drifting snow will promote reduced visibility 1/4 of a mile or less. COASTAL FLOODING For the Sunday midday high tide (1 to 1.5 feet above normal high tide), minor coastal flooding of vulnerable shore roads is likely. Any inundation of low spots should be less than 1 foot. Minor beach erosion is also possible. For the Monday early afternoon high tide (1.5 to 2 feet above normal), minor to moderate coastal flooding may occur. More significant beach erosion is possible. A coastal flood watch is in effect from late Monday morning through Monday afternoon for the MA east coast (Salisbury to Rockport, North side of Cape Cod from Sandwich to Eastham and Nantucket). Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible Salisbury to Rockport including the Plum Island area as well as Nantucket Harbor. Moderate with pockets of moderate to major coastal flooding is possible from Sandwich to Eastham; where damage to the most vulnerable structures along the immediate shore and shoreline roads is possible due to the combination of storm surge and large breaking waves. Inundation of 1 to 3 feet in low spots is possible. Large waves of 15 to 20 feet just offshore will likely cause significant erosion of ocean exposed shorelines along Eastern MA. The erosion along the North side of Cape Cod (from Sandwich to Eastham), the ocean side of Cape Cod (from Truro to Chatham) and the East side of Nantucket may be severe in places. IMPACTS • Snowfall may result in poor visibility and difficult travel Sunday/Monday • Potential impacts to Monday morning commute • Power outages with downed limbs and power lines due to the weight of the snow • Shore roads may become impassable due to coastal flooding around Monday midday high tide There is still uncertainty in the forecast at this time. Winter storm preparedness and safety information is available at: mass.gov/mema/snow Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp. Graphics via US National Weather Service Boston MA
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