Historically, our schools have been relatively safe havens from violence and other social forces that affect our children’s sense of safety and security. However, recently law enforcement agencies have had to assume a greater role in helping school officials ensure the safety of all those occupying their educational facilities.
Recognizing that the safety our county’s students, school faculty and staff members is paramount, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency to introduce the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) Program to New York State. Since 1996, highly trained uniformed deputy sheriffs have been assigned to middle, junior and senior high schools, as well as, one elementary school in Putnam County. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office S.R.O. is a certified law enforcement officer who is assigned full-time to a school. For this, the S.R.O. receives many hours of specialized training after undergoing a lengthy screening process. This program mirrors the “officer on foot patrol” in that the S.R.O. knows the public he or she serves on a first name basis and is sensitive to their particular needs.
The S.R.O. is an educator, law enforcer and counselor. As an educator, the S.R.O. visits classrooms and teaches students concepts of safety, traffic laws, general law, and crime prevention techniques. The S.R.O. works closely with individual teachers to create special programs tailored to specific units of study. These presentations help increase student awareness and understanding of laws and personal safety. As a uniformed police officer, the S.R.O. provides a positive image of law enforcement in an effort to help young people make constructive choices in their lives.
The S.R.O.’s primary duty is to protect the school’s safe environment and to maintain an atmosphere where students, teachers and staff feel safe enough to learn. The S.R.O. investigates criminal activity occurring on school campuses. Although not a disciplinarian, the S.R.O. conducts investigations with school administrators in accordance with New York State Law, school district policy, and the policy of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The S.R.O. only takes action when a violation of law has occurred. To report potential school violence, call the Youth and Community Services Hot Line at (845) 225-4300. All calls are kept confidential.
The School Resource Officer acts as a counselor. Many students come forward to discuss issues with the S.R.O. In fact, students are encouraged to seek individual attention from the School Resource Officer. The deputy coordinates his/her activities with administrators and staff members. The officer is available for conferences with students, parents, and staff regarding law related issues or problems.
|Sergeant John Cihanek||Carmel/Haldane/Putnam Valley|
|Sergeant Matthew Kraisky||Brewster/Mahopac|
|Deputy Anthony Tolve||Haldane Schools|
|Deputy Daniel Meury||Putnam Valley High School|
|Deputy Paul Maglietta||Mahopac High School|
|Deputy Claire Pierson||Mahopac Middle School|
|Deputy Michael Varley||Carmel High School|
|Deputy Charles Johnson||George Fischer Middle School|
|Deputy Amanda Collier||Brewster High School|
|Deputy Michael Diveglio||HH Wells Middle School|
|Deputy Elizabeth Sangalli||CV starr intermediate school|
|Deputy Bryan Suppa||John F. Kennedy Elementary School|
|Greg Yovani||Putnam Valley Elementary School|
|Mathew Marks||Lakeview Elementary School|
|Glen Russo||Fulmar Road Elementary School|
|Brian Barrett||Austin Road Elementary School|
|Lou Lopreato||Mahopac High School Days|
|Dean Annicchiarico||Mahopac High School Evenings|
|Mike Abbott||Mahopac Middle School|
|Paul Cillo||Mahopac Falls Elementary School|
|Tom Lewis||Kent Primary School|
|Jason Manzari||Kent Elementary School|
|Sean O’Connell||Mathew Patterson Elementary School|
|Anthony Nappi||Brewster High School|