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New School Resource Officer Joins District's Ranks
August 23, 2012
The Spring Hill School District welcomes Master Deputy Ruthann Fisher, a member of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, to its ranks. As the school resource officer (SRO), she will help enhance the safety and security of students and staff in the district’s schools.
In addition, the partnership with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office ensures that all schools in the district, regardless of city or county, will be served by the new SRO and are within the organization’s authority. On August 13th, the Spring Hill Board of Education unanimously approved the contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to provide a SRO. The agreement also includes a provision for providing a fully trained substitute SRO in the case that Fisher is unavailable, which means that law enforcement will be present in the district on every school day. The organization also has experts in many areas of law enforcement as well as educational resources that will be readily available to the district.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office views the School Resource Officer program as an opportunity to reinforce our strong partnership with the Spring Hill School District. The presence of a SRO is an important step in increasing school safety, fostering positive relationships between law enforcement officers, school staff and students.
“By having a uniformed deputy (SRO) assigned to the district, it creates a setting that is safe and secure, with a focus on prevention and early intervention activities,” said Major Daryl Reece of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. “We are pleased that Master Deputy Ruthann Fisher, who is a highly motivated, experienced deputy, will be filling this role.”
“I will work to bridge the gap between law enforcement and students,” said Fisher. “In the role of SRO, I can function as a mentor and counsel for staff and students as well as tap into the vast resources of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office as needed.”
Fisher, who has more than 1,400 hours of previous SRO experience, has been on duty at the schools since the beginning of the school year. She replaces Officer Ken Oziah of the Spring Hill Police Department who resigned his position in late May.