Keeping Families Safe: How one SRO goes above and beyond in keeping kids safe at school

Deputy Josh Brinley helps keep kids safe at a Darke County school (WKEF/WRGT)

DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – For decades, the DARE program was popular in schools across the country in helping to deter kids from using drugs and alcohol. DARE officers were often spotted around different schools, but some studies said the program was ineffective.

After a rash of school shootings, School Resource Officers (SRO) became more common place, outnumbering DARE officers 800 to 198 in Ohio.

One SRO in Darke County has stepped to try to really break through to the students, by being a mentor, teacher, role model and friend.

“I’m not just a big scary guy in a uniform,” Deputy Josh Brinley said. “I think when I listen, they trust me and then ask me questions.”

“You don’t have much fighting going on,” sophomore Macy Stewart said. “We all feel safe. We all feel unified.”

SROs like Brinley are in nearly 70 percent of school districts statewide. For more information, check out this link to the Ohio School Resource Officers Association website.

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