The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is the next step in Community Oriented Policing (COP). The SRO is an asset used by the community and the school in an attempt to address situations in the lives of students in a forum other than the judicial system.
The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the Principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children of the 90s.
The SRO program is a proactive approach to deal with the pressures today's young people find themselves having to confront. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, along with peer pressure, gang activity, and sex. These situations are not only in the schools, but in the community as well. The approach of addressing these issues only in the school, or only in the community, has not been completely effective. Traditionally, police and school did not interact until one called upon the other.
Cpl. Richard Knapp
Cpl. Knapp was hired full-time in July of 2006. He is a graduate of the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy. Knapp was promoted to Corporal in 2011. Knapp is one of the department's Type II instructor. You may contact Cpl. Knapp at:
(573)785-6471 (High School)
Patrolman Jason Courtney 267
Officer Courtney has been with the department since June 3rd, 2002. You can email Officer Courtney at:
Ptlm. Kenny Carpenter 252
Ptlm. Carpenter has been with the department since May of 1994 when he began with the department's Reserve Division. He was hired as a full-time officer on March 6th 1995. He is a graduate of the SEMO Law Enforcement Academy in 1994. He is a certified Accident Investigator through the M.S.H.P. He received specialized training in the investigations of domestic violence at Arkansas State University in 1998. You may contact Ptlm. Carpenter at (573) 785-5776 ext. 1361 or his email: