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School Resource Officers, COPS Unit busy as school activities begin

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers (SRO) and Youth and Community Services Division (COPS) Unit personnel have been busy since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

The COPS Unit is making contact with juveniles and parents at Wakulla bus stops. There are more than 2,000 bus stops in the county.

The COPS Unit is conducting elementary school security checks and bus stop checks. The unit has been assisting with traffic lot control at Riversprings Middle School.

The Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), with several members from the sheriff’s office, requested assistance from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to suggest traffic congestion improvements on Spring Creek Highway near Riversprings Middle School and Shadeville Elementary School during opening and closing times of school.
Traffic congestion causes vehicle back-up in both the northbound and southbound directions on weekdays. DOT promised to study the road and make suggestions on how improvements could be made to ease traffic congestion.

Seatbelt checks have been conducted at Wakulla High School with a 100 percent compliance rate. A watch order was issued for Medart Elementary School after a small alligator was observed on the property.
Discussion is underway to expand the WCSO Explorer Program while also offering a Teen Driver and Distracted Driver Program for young drivers. With football season underway, a football operation plan has been implemented. A preseason football game was played at Wakulla High School on Aug. 23 and the regular season began on Sept. 6.

SRO Deputy Nick Boutwell assisted a parent recover missing cash which led to a misdemeanor narcotics case investigation at Wakulla High School. The student in possession of marijuana was transferred to Sopchoppy Second Chance School.

The COPS Unit has conducted a variety of security checks, assisted with a search warrant and assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

 

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