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School Resource Officer Unit

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has implemented the School
Resource Unit in cooperation with the Newton County Public Schools.
The program involves the assignment of law enforcement officers to the public middle and high schools as School Resource Officers (SRO). The School Resource Unit is intended to ensure that no student's right to receive an education is hindered by violence or disruption.

Each deputy is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. In addition to being an active high profile deputy, he/she is also a resource
for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the deputy is being a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand-in-hand with the principal in each school and school board,the deputy assists with finding solutions to problems afflicting today's school age children.

Sergeant Cortney Morrison
School Resource Commander

Q: What do SROs do in the schools?
A: The SRO works with the administration, educators, and counselors.The role each deputy plays is
dependent on the need of the situation. As a sworn public safety officer he/she is assigned to provide the law enforcement expertise and resources to assist school staff in maintaining safety and order.Each deputy shall:
  • Handle all calls for service and coordinate the response of other law enforcement resources to the
  • Be visible patrolling the exterior and interior grounds, particularly during the opening or closing of
    school and during the lunch periods.
  • Wear a uniform identifying them as a police officer.
  • Be involved with training for the school administration in law enforcement and related matters.
  • Monitor the social and cultural environment to identify emerging youth gangs.
  • Meet as necessary with the school principal for the purpose of exchanging information about current crime trends, problem areas, or other areas of concern.
  • Not act as a school disciplinarian, as the responsibility of discipline lies solely within the school administration.If the principal believes an incident is in violation of the law, he/she may contact the SRO to determine whether law enforcement action is appropriate.
  • Assist the principal in developing plans and strategies to prevent and/or minimize dangerous situations, which may result from student unrest.

Q: How can I contact my child's SRO? 
A:You may contact your child's SRO by calling the school during school hours and asking for the SRO.
If school is not in session, contact may be made through the NCSO School Resource Unit Commander, Sgt. Cortney Morrison at (678)625-1405 or

School Resource Officers:

Cpl. Romario Johnson


Deputy Lee Smith
Cousins Middle

Deputy Dana Maddox

Liberty Middle

Deputy Mark Hegwood
Clements Middle

Deputy Freda Guardado

Indian Creek Middle

Deputy Johnny Robinson

Veterans Middle

Deputy Ezekiel Walker

Alcovy High

Deputy Kaleasha Green

Alcovy High

Deputy Latavia Washington
Alcovy High

Deputy Kimberly Cox
Newton High

Deputy Stephen Huenke

Newton High

Deputy Andre Lawrence

Newton High

Deputy Antoinette Major

Newton High

Deputy Earl Nesbitt
Eastside High

Deputy Priscilla Simmons
Eastside High

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