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Albertville hosts multi-state school officer training

Officers from three states are learning to provide service in schools. (Source: WAFF) Officers from three states are learning to provide service in schools. (Source: WAFF)
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police officers from across three states are in Albertville this week, receiving formal training on being a school resource officer.

Approximately 35 officers are taking their training from the National Association of School Resource Officers at Albertville High School.

Albertville Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith said it is costly to send officers to get the training, which is why so many now are taking advantage of the session.

During the week-long course, officers will learn the NASRO's concepts of school-based policing: being a teacher, counselor and law enforcement officer. Over the course of the week, they will learn roles and responsibilities, school law, and changes in adolescents.

Instructor Pamela Revels said it's all about making sure children learn in a safe environment. SROs can be "informal counselors," teaching children how to prevent being a crime victim and abide by the law.

"They learn to trust you, and when they trust you, you build relationships," Revels said. "Those relationships are important to make sure that your school stays safe. If they trust you, they will come and tell you before something bad happens."

The 40-hour training wraps up on Friday.

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