School Resource Officers

School Based Prevention Programs

The roles of an SRO are identified as 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 contact:

Sergeant M.K. Cole (336)570-6711 ext. 205 Email

Officer C.T. Denny (336)570-6711 ext. 237 Email

Or visit the official D.A.R.E website at

C.A.R.E. (Child Abuse Reduction Effort)

The city of Graham has one officer who teaches C.A.R.E. The C.A.R.E. program is a learning tool to teach children about child abuse. This program promotes wellness and safety through several teaching strategies. It gives the child the means to recognize what abuse is, it lets the child know that they have a right to feel safe at all times and gives the child a network of trusted adults to tell if abuse does occur. The program is also used as a deterrent to any possible abuser because they are aware that the child has gained the knowledge through C.A.R.E. to help protect themselves. This program is taught to second grade students at Graham Elementary Schools For additional information about the C.A.R.E. program contact:

Sergeant M.K. Cole (336)570-6711 ext. 205 Email

Or visit the official C.A.R.E website at

G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training)

The city of Graham has three officers who teaches G.R.E.A.T. this program is taught to fourth and sixth grade students at Graham Schools. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families.

For additional information about the G.R.E.A.T. program contact:

Sergeant M.K. Cole (336)570-6711 ext. 205 Email

Corporal S.R. Sheldon(336)260-9106 Email

Or visit the official G.R.E.A.T. website at