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School Resource


The School Resource division of the Burke County Sheriff's Office consists of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, and eight school resource officers. Each deputy has an office located within the respective schools to which they are assigned.


One officer is a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor. This office coordinates the D.A.R.E. program in most of the Burke County Public Schools.



School Resource Officers (SRO's) are assigned within the middle and high schools to help create and maintain a safe, secure, and orderly environment. SRO's are also there to interact with students and to help build a rapport between students and law enforcement. They also provide law enforcement related advise to school staff, students and the community. SRO's will investigate all incidents or complaints of criminal activity or unlawful misconduct. They take the appropriate law enforcement action if necessary and will pursue criminal charges or court actions if the situation warrants.



As part of the ongoing partnership with the Burke County Public Schools, one of the Sheriff’s Office SROs is also a K9 Officer.  The SRO K9 Officer visits all of the Burke County Public Schools and is also present at some school games and after-hour events. The addition of a K9 only helps the Sheriff’s Office better protect our schools and children.


The current SRO K9 is a female black Labrador Retriever named Drift. Drift is trained to detect both narcotics and firearms and was purchased from K2 Solutions, Inc.