School-Based Prevention Programs

The roles of an SRO are identified as a law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related education teacher. Throughout North Carolina, School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are working to make schools more orderly, ensure safe and more secure. In its research of School Resource Officer programs in North Carolina, the Center for the Prevention of School Violence has found that, in most places, SRO’s are employees of local law enforcement agencies, and agreements between school systems and law enforcement describe the partnerships which the school systems and law enforcement agencies must maintain so that the SRO’s can be successful. Presently, Graham Police Department has Two School Resource Officers working with the high school and the middle school. The response from school personnel and the public to this program has been very positive, helping to make it a success in the City of Graham.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

The City of Graham has two officers who teach D.A.R.E. classes to fifth-grade students at North Graham Elementary, South Graham Elementary, and River Mill Academy.

DARE is designed to help our young people learn the tools that are needed to resist the pressures of drugs and violence. DARE is taught to 5th graders. For additional information about the D.A.R.E. program please visit the official D.A.R.E website at