Success is just ahead

Eric Watson Bradley County Sheriff
Posted 7/16/17

School will be starting again soon in our area, and your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be prepared for another great year.

We will be ready to pick up where we left off at the end of …

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Success is just ahead

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School will be starting again soon in our area, and your Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be prepared for another great year.

We will be ready to pick up where we left off at the end of May, working to serve the public through each Bradley County school, from elementary school, middle school and the two county high schools.

I’m pleased to say the very successful School Resource Officer program will gear up once again in all seventeen Bradley County schools. I can tell you I am sold on the SRO program, in that it provides a useful layer of security for each building, not to mention assisting the school’s administration, staff, teachers and parents in any way needed, and it doesn’t cost the county school system a dime.

I’m also sold on the men and women who serve as SROs. They are a highly trained, talented, caring and professional group, I’m pleased to say. Every year about this time, I urge students and parents to meet their school’s SRO as soon as possible, so they will be familiar with that officer.

It’s important for both children and adults to know they can contact their SRO about any challenge they might face at school. I know our officers sincerely enjoy the “high fives” and encouragement they give and receive each day.

Our elementary SROs also serve fifth-graders as instructors in the very successful DARE Program. You might remember that DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is a life skills and drug education program. Each session aims to provide children with knowledge, skills, and an opportunity to explore attitudes, to help them to make informed decisions, and to develop safe and healthy lifestyles. It has been my goal over the past three school years to enhance the safety of these children through education about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, bullying, anti-social behavior and different types of pressure.

In the past couple of years, the abuse of illegally obtained prescription drugs has exploded. Tragically, that abuse has led to thousands of deaths across the country, with many of them occurring locally. Educating these children about the dangers of such “experimentation” is a hallmark of what DARE does.

Your fifth-grader already has dealt with much peer pressure, even at a young age, these days. The internet and other forms of instant communication mean they are flooded with opportunities to get involved in situations that can only mean trouble.

That’s why I sincerely believe the DARE Program is useful in bringing the message that there are chances in the world today for a child to be harmed by negative influences, yet bring that information in a positive and challenging way. Our DARE instructors give each student the information they need to successfully deal with those dangerous situations.

Our School Resource Officers, and those that serve fifth-graders as DARE instructors also, consider what they do as a calling, as do I. We simply can’t do too much when it comes to the education and safety of our children.

I’m thankful we at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office are given the opportunity to positively affect a child’s life. You can be certain we take that opportunity seriously.

Our first S.O.S. Camp, “Sheriff’s Office Summer” Camp, was completed on Friday. The fundamental purpose of the youth day camps is to connect with children in the community with an objective of creating an interactive environment promoting a better understanding about the law-enforcement profession.

I must say I have been very impressed with the young folks who participated. I won’t be surprised if many of them wind up working in law enforcement a few years from now! There are two weeklong sessions remaining, with a limited amount of slots available for each session.

For information about S.O.S; go to bradleysheriff.com and click on the S.O.S. application download at the center of the home page.

It is a great way to wrap up summer vacation time.

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