SRO Put 10 Year Old On 35 Year Sex Offender Registry For Behaving Like A Normal Boy
Jefferson County school district, the largest in the State of Colorado has never had a formal agreement or memorandum of understanding to pinpoint the purpose of law enforcement presence in their schools. Operation School Resource Officer (SRO)- what is the purpose? Today, Denver Public Schools long awaited grasp on the role of SRO’s in their public schools is becoming reality thus fostering collaboration with kids, parents, school officials and a sense of pride for kid’s being able to connect to their learning environment. Meanwhile, in Jefferson County…
At the June 7, 2012 Jeffco R1 regular board of education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Cindy Stevenson presented an award, the first ever of its kind, to the, “School Resource Officer of the Year”, Sgt. Jim Parr of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Again, with no understanding for the level of involvement this sergeant has in the public schools, his award was presented to him by the superintendent on the basis of, “Sgt. Parr’s commitment to excellence, professionalism and guidance has had a lasting and positive impact on the lives of thousands of Jefferson County students and staff.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office currently maintains the largest school resource officer unit in the county with 10 deputies and a sergeant assigned to the public schools- at the expense of county operations. County operation over sight is governed by the county commissioners- all three county commissioners at this time take no public position on the condition of the public schools nor the $752,308 in taxpayer supported salary expenditures, not including benefits, to support the SRO unit of the Sheriff’s Department.
Immediately following the presentation of the award given to Sgt. Parr at this same meeting on June 7, 2012, Jeffco School Board President, Lesley Dahlkemper, presented yet another award. This award, again the first ever of its kind, “to recognize the volunteer efforts of School Resource Officer and Jefferson County Sheriff’ Deputy Greg Everhart for six years of school and community interactions providing critical awareness for life safety for students.”
On April 16th, 2012, approximately two months prior to receiving his award from the school board president for his volunteer efforts, Deputy Everhart gave a presentation to an auditorium full of parents at D’Evelyn High School in Jefferson County. During this presentation, the deputy shared many experiences in his role as a school resource officer although he failed to differentiate his roles between paid and volunteer service. Deputy Everhart speaking for other paid law enforcement personnel has been able to address issues that are according to him, “destroying kids’ lives.” Deputy Everhart appeared to have a keen sense for what is considered appropriate for a 10 year old to be “convicted to the sex offender registry until he’s 35 years old.” Deputy Everhart states, “it’s very serious business…as a school resource officer we are basically tasked with being a liaison with the schools to solve problems, bottom line.” What problems are being solved?