Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

School Resource Officers

OCSO Youth Services Award

Since 1997, The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has placed a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) in all middle and high schools throughout the county. The School Resource Officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. In addition to providing law enforcement presence at the schools, SRO’s are role models for the students. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office currently has 37 deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Program. There is an SRO in each elementary, middle and high school in Okaloosa County. We are very fortunate to have a strong relationship with the educators of the Okaloosa County and the unit works hand in hand with the Okaloosa County School District.

What is a School Resource Officer?

First and foremost, a SRO is a law enforcement officer. Each SRO provides a uniformed presence to their school campus. They are prepared and trained to protect the students and faculty from intruders, conduct criminal investigations and patrol their beat (the school). The SRO advises the school administration in safety and security matters as well as lending their expertise in law related issues. Our SRO’s also provide security for after-school events for their assigned schools.

Secondly, SRO’s are counselors. Each SRO has gained a wealth of information over his or her career, which is shared with the students, their parents and the school’s staff. They offer advice in law-related matters as well as resources for virtually any need a person might have. Each school and individual student has different needs, but the SRO is there to help any way necessary.

Thirdly, a SRO educates. Each School Resource Officer conducts classroom presentations on a variety of subjects including: law related education, crime and violence prevention, safety, and alcohol and drugs prevention. The deputies who are assigned as School Resource Officers are passionately invested in their schools and proud to be serving the families of Okaloosa County. The Resource Officer’s motto to the student is, “We are here for you, not because of you”.

The School Resource Officers program is supervised by Lt. Mark Schniepp, Sgt. Lenny Holloway, Sgt. Gary Venuti & Sgt. Erick Denny.

. Together, the School District and the Sheriff’s Office are working constantly to implement new programs and provide students with the safest learning environment in which they can receive a quality education.

Laurel Hill School David Holt 850 652-4111 Send E-Mail
Pryor Middle School Miguel Rojas 850 833-3613 Send E-Mail
Baker Middle School Gary Williams 850 689-7279 Send E-Mail
Davidson Middle School Trey Ellison 850 683-7500 Ext. 210 Send E-Mail
Destin Middle School Faegin Willis 850 833-7655 Ext. 229 Send E-Mail
Bruner Middle School David Bowell 850 833-3266 Send E-Mail
Ruckel Middle School Leah Spooneybarger O’Sullivan 850 833-4142 Send E-Mail
Meigs Middle School TJ Bye 850 833-4301 Send E-Mail
Shoal River Middle School Danny Dean 850 689-7229 Send E-Mail
Crestview High School Randal Joiner 850 689-7177 Ext. 2402 Send E-Mail
Fort Walton Beach High School James Reeves 850 833-3300 Ext. 454 Send E-Mail
Niceville High School Demeika McClendon 850 833-4114 Send E-Mail
Choctawhatchee High School Tom Henry 850 833-3614 Ext. 625 Send E-Mail
Okaloosa Academy Alex Betts 850 864-3133 Ext. 303 Send E-Mail
Lewis School Tim Homer 850 833-4130 Send E-Mail
Edwins Elementary John Wohlfarth 850 833-3333 Send E-Mail
Elliott Point Elementary Jason Folley 850 833-3355 Send E-Mail
Florosa Elementary Willie Foster 850 833-4381 Send E-Mail
Kenwood Elementary Dwayne Vasiloff 850 833-3570 Send E-Mail
Longwood Elementary Mike Jacobs 850 833-4329 Send E-Mail
Mary Esther Elementary Jenna Oliver 850 833-3371 Send E-Mail
Shalimar Elementary Christine Phillips 850 833-4339 Send E-Mail
Wright Elementary James Welch 850 833-3580 Send E-Mail
CHOICE HS & Tech Center Holly Suhi 850 833-3500 Send E-Mail
Silver Sands Richard White 850 833-3364 Send E-Mail
Bluewater Elementary Charles Self 850 833-4240 Send E-Mail
Destin Elementary Sonya Shepard 850 833-4360 Send E-Mail
Edge Elementary Jeff Moore 850 833-4138 Send E-Mail
Plew Elementary Clara Thomas 850 833-4100 Send E-Mail
Okaloosa Stemm Doug Vachon 850 833-4120 Send E-Mail
Antioch Elementary Marcus O’Sullivan 850 683-7540 Send E-Mail
Bob Sikes Elementary Jennifer Vitale 850 689-7268 Send E-Mail
Northwood Elementary/Richbourg/ECCI Ike Kenty 850 689-7252 Send E-Mail
Riverside Elementary Ryan Ward 850 689-7203 Send E-Mail
Walker Elementary Matt Christmas 850 689-7220 Send E-Mail
Southside Center Keli Robinson 850 689-7211 Send E-Mail
Northwest Florida Ballet Academie  Sam Schill  850 664-7787 Send E-Mail

For school information, visit http://okaloosaschools.com/