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 School Resource Officer (SRO)

 The Chariho Regional School District educates over two thousand students who attend classes in the Town of Richmond at the Chariho High School and Middle School, Career and Technical Center, RYSE Program, and the Richmond Elementary School.  Keeping students safe and encouraging appropriate behavior in the school system is important to the Richmond Police Department.  The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement.  The SRO position encompasses three major components, which include law enforcement, education, and counseling.  By maintaining a regular presence on campus and employing a balance of those three components, the SRO has an opportunity to be proactive in debunking myths and negative stereotypes and/or limited understanding of the role of police in schools.  The SRO frequently educates students on various laws, especially those that are most applicable to them as new drivers, and other relevant topics.  The SRO is also active in counseling students in various capacities, sometimes through dispute mediation and sometimes as a trusted confidant who can assist a student in identifying an underlying problem and coming up with effective strategies to address or mitigate that problem.  Ultimately, the SRO is dedicated to providing a safe and secure campus while remaining involved in the lives of students as a positive adult role model.  Through his steady efforts to connect with students, the SRO's intent is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the youth of the community through trust and positive experiences.  

Officer Adam Andrukiewicz, known as "Officer Adam",  has been with the Richmond Police Department since graduating from the RI Municipal Police Training Academy in 2005.  Officer Andrukiewicz was selected to serve as the SRO for the 2014-2015 school year, after Officer Tony Zoglio completed four consecutive years in that role and met his goal of seeing the Freshman Class of 2010 through to their Senior year and graduation in 2014.   Officer Adam has particularly enjoyed the mentoring opportunities of the SRO role, and has already forged a positive rapport with many of the students and faculty.  He continues building on those experiences on a daily basis.



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