First BCSO Reserve Deputies Completes School Resource Officer Training

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News

Eighteen Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputies are now certified Texas School Resource Officers, WOAI News reports. 

The  part-time, unpaid peace officers on Tuesday completed training required  to work on area campuses in districts that choose to deploy the  deputies in addition to, or in place of, full-time school district  police.

 David  Rios, a local educator and reserve deputy, says the 20-hour SRO  training program is an eye-opener for peace officers who are new to  working on a campus.

 He says any officer willing to establish  communication proactively with students will be successful.  

“Sitting  down with them on a one-on-one basis, getting to know some of the  parents, it’s a good thing,” says Rios, who has taught high school for  six years. 

Rios says his students like having a peace officer as a teacher and role model.

 “My  kids already know that I’m a deputy sheriff, so they’re excited. 

Also,  recruiting my kids, I’ve got two kids that are in the Bexar County  Sheriff’s Academy right now,” he says of a pair of former students. 

This week’s graduating SRO class is the first for a group of local reserve deputies.

PHOTO: North  East ISD police officers, area deputy constables, and Bexar County  Sheriff's Office reserve deputies attend a Tuesday workshop on  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the NEISD Community Education Center.  The class was part of the final day of instruction for the first 18  BCSO reserve deputies to earn Texas School Resource Officer  certification. Photo by Morgan Montalvo

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