As Miami East students head back to school this week, they will see a new face patrolling the halls.
The school district hired its first full-time school resource officer, contracted through the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
SRO stands for School Resource Officer. The district will pay the full-time position just under $63,000 for the first year.
Roger Davidson is the newest addition to Miami East Community Schools. He will tell you the job itself is what you make it.
“They don’t tell you what to do when you go in there. You have to learn. Work with the staff, the students,” said SRO Davidson.
In the past, Miami East Community Schools would rotate a deputy for 4-hours each day. That plan is still in place, despite adding a full-time position.
Last school year, Davidson was a part-time SRO at neighboring Milton-Union. He’s even a certified substitute teacher.
“The one day I was here, I left at lunch and subbed the rest of the day,” said Davidson.
“He’s not just here for security. He’s here for the learning process and to help educate our kids about about safety, drugs, and alcohol usage,” said Principle Todd Gentis.
Davidson thinks his teaching and law enforcement abilities make him the perfect fit. Last year he gave nearly 200 presentations to students at Milton Union.
“It’s pretty nice when kids come up at the end of the year and say, I didn’t do this because of the talk you did about internet safety. It’s nice when someone listens,” said Davidson.
With the SRO contract being three years, Davidson will be able to follow a lot of the kids through graduation.