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We are proud of the relationship we have fostered with the Durham County Office of the Sheriff and our School Resource Officers. Our Memorandum of Understanding is intentional about breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, drawing a line between our schools leaders’ responsibility for discipline and our SROs’ responsibility for safety, security, and support.
In light of recent nationwide events of racism and overreach in law enforcement, we understand the concerns that have been expressed by some of our students and community. We are aware of the Youth Justice Project’s call to conduct a thorough Impact Assessment of our SRO program by the end of the 2020-21 school year and we are open to that. We would also be happy to participate in a community forum to learn from our stakeholders and develop solutions to ensure the safety and security of our students. Transparency is essential to building trust in our community.