Putnam County Sheriff's Department

School Resource Officers

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.

Supervisors

Sergeant John CihanekCarmel/Haldane/Putnam Valley
Sergeant Matthew KraiskyBrewster/Mahopac

School Resource Officers

Deputy Anthony TolveHaldane Schools
Deputy Daniel MeuryPutnam Valley High School
Deputy Paul MagliettaMahopac High School
Deputy Claire PiersonMahopac Middle School
Deputy Michael VarleyCarmel High School
Deputy Charles JohnsonGeorge Fischer Middle School
Deputy Amanda CollierBrewster High School
Deputy Michael DiveglioHH Wells Middle School
Deputy Elizabeth SangalliCV starr intermediate school
Deputy Bryan SuppaJohn F. Kennedy Elementary School

School Special Patrol Officers

Greg YovaniPutnam Valley Elementary School
Mathew MarksLakeview Elementary School
Glen RussoFulmar Road Elementary School
Brian BarrettAustin Road Elementary School
Lou LopreatoMahopac High School Days
Dean AnnicchiaricoMahopac High School Evenings
Mike AbbottMahopac Middle School
Paul CilloMahopac Falls Elementary School
Tom LewisKent Primary School
Jason ManzariKent Elementary School
Sean O’ConnellMathew Patterson Elementary School
Anthony NappiBrewster High School
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