I am Eric Stevens, the School Resource Officer assigned to work with your school. I am proud to be a part of the BCSC family and to assist students, parents and staff in any way that I can. I was born and raised in Bartholomew County, having graduated from North High School in 1991. I graduated from Franklin College in 1995 and worked for the Bartholomew County Probation Department for 4 years before becoming an officer with the Columbus Police Department in 1999. I have held several different positions with CPD since that time, and I was assigned to work in the schools full time in January of 2014.
I have an office at North High School, but I work with 8 additional schools within the district (Busy Bee Academy, CSA New Tech, Mt. Healthy, Northside, Parkside, Schmitt, Southside,Taylorsville). My role in the schools is based upon the concepts taught by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). I completed the NASRO training in December of 2013, and I maintain my membership with this organization.
School Resource Officer programs are utilized nationwide and involve the placement of a certified law enforcement officer within the educational environment on several different levels. This partnership between the BCSC and the Columbus Police Department allows the SRO to work closely with the school administration to provide a safe learning environment, law related education, and the expertise of a trained law enforcement officer on campus. Contrary to the belief of some, the purpose of the SRO in the schools is NOT to increase arrests. In fact, arrests are an extremely low percentage of SRO interactions, and our goal is actually to look for alternatives to making arrests. The vast majority of SRO interactions are positive in nature and we strive to help students make good decisions before problems occur.
The SRO is involved in a variety of functions:
●As a visible, active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law-related issues.
●As a classroom resource for instruction in the following areas: law related education, violence diffusion, safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention and other areas.
●As a member of the faculty and administrative team working hand in hand to solve problems in the school community.
●As a resource for the students enabling them to be associated with a positive law enforcement figure in the student’s environment.
●As a resource for the teachers, parents and students for law related concerns and questions.
●As a counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment and may be law related.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me in my office or by email. My contact information is as follows:
Office: 812-314-3804 firstname.lastname@example.org