SCHOOL RESOURCE UNIT - COMMUNITY OPERATIONS DIVISION

Lieutenant Micah Skowronski, Supervisor, School Resource Program
mjskowronski@sheriff.martin.fl.us
(772) 320-4750

Sergeant George Yacobellis, Supervisor, School Resource Deputies
gdyacobellisi@sheriff.martin.fl.us
(772) 220-7149

The School Resource program is a collaborative effort between the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and the Martin County School District, which places law enforcement officers in schools with the goal of creating and maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for students, teachers, and staff.  There are currently 11 deputies assigned to the unit, with one in each high school, middle school, alternative school, and special needs school site throughout the county. The elementary schools are serviced by deputies assigned to the middle schools and an additional deputy, Kevin Stripling, who teaches the D.A.R.E. Program full-time.

Deputies assigned to the School Resource Unit are certified full-time law enforcement officers who receive numerous hours of specialized training through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers. This training encompasses three core concepts for an effective S.R.O law enforcement, law related educator, and informal counselor.

The School Resource Program is an extension of Sheriff Snyder’s dedication to the “Community Policing” philosophy, in that the deputies assigned to a school possess the skills to build relationships, solve problems and enforce the law; while focusing on the quality of life within the school and the community the school serves. The school resource deputies accomplish this by being proactive and community driven.

Deputies are assigned to a school on a long-term basis so that they can become familiar with their school's specific needs as well as the specific needs of the individual students and staff.  SRO's provide the school with a safe environment while offering the student body an approachable and positive role model.