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Youth and Community Services
Deputy Brown has been assigned Wakulla High School after spending the 2013-2014 school year at Wakulla Middle School. She replaces Deputy Scott Rojas who was at WHS last year. He has been assigned a position within the Youth and Community Services Division which also includes work with Wakulla County youths. Deputy Brown started working for the WCSO in November 2004 and has served in corrections, as a deputy sheriff on Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, communications officer, School Resource Officer and Youth and Community Services.
Deputy Joe Page has been assigned to Wakulla Middle School where he replaces Deputy Brown. Deputy Page was at Sopchoppy Second Chance School last year. Deputy Page has had two terms of duty with the Sheriff’s Office. He began working at WCSO in October 1983 and worked until January 1986. He returned in January 1999. He has served as a deputy sheriff on Road Patrol, as a corrections officer, School Resource Officer and Youth and Community Services.
Deputy Billy Metcalf has been assigned to the Sopchoppy Second Chance School where he replaces Deputy Page. Deputy Metcalf began worked at the WCSO in April 1997 and has served in corrections, animal control, litter control, as a deputy sheriff on the Road Patrol, Marine Unit and Youth and Community Services.
Deputy Lisa Crum has been assigned to Riversprings Middle School where she replaces Deputy Nick Boutwell who was assigned a Road Patrol position. She started in December 2004 and worked until August 2006 and returned in February 2007. Deputy Crum has served in corrections, as a deputy sheriff on the Road Patrol, communications officer, as a purchasing agent, School Resource Officer and Youth and Community Services.
Lt. Billy Jones has been assigned the supervisor position for the Youth and Community Services Division. He works directly with the School Resource Officers as well as Sgt. Lorne Whaley, Deputy Rojas and Traffic Unit members Deputy Mike Crum and Deputy Will Hudson.
Lt. Jones began working for the WCSO in October 2003. He has experience in corrections and has worked as a deputy sheriff on the Road Patrol, School Resource Officer, Traffic Unit, lieutenant in administration, the COPS grant and Youth and Community Services.
Sgt. Lorne Whaley has two tours of duty with the Sheriff’s Office. He started in February 2002 and worked until May 2007 and returned in August 2008. Sgt. Whaley has served as a deputy sheriff on the Road Patrol, School Resource Officer, K-9 Unit, corrections, Criminal Investigations Division, sergeant on the Road Patrol and Youth and Community Services.
Deputy Scott Rojas serves the Youth and Community Services Division as an investigator. He began working with the WCSO in October 2003. He has served in corrections, as a Road Patrol deputy, Criminal Investigations Division, school resource officer and narcotics.
The WCSO Traffic Unit is also part of the Youth and Community Services Division. Deputy Mike Crum began working at the WCSO in April 1996. He has served in corrections, as a Road Patrol deputy, Criminal Investigations Division, accreditation and the traffic unit.
Deputy Will Hudson is part of the Traffic Unit. He began working at the WCSO in March 2008. He has served in corrections, as a deputy sheriff in Road Patrol and the Traffic Unit.
Lt. Jones, Sgt. Whaley and Deputy Rojas will assist the School Resource Officers during their adjustment time. They are able to step in and assist the resource officers at any time and allow the SROs to remain on campus as much as possible for the security of the students and staff.
“I like the teamwork and our ability to work together with the School Resource Officers,” said Superintendent Pearce. “I’m looking forward to the school year.”
“It’s rewarding to be able to counsel the students and offer them some sort of advice,” said Lt. Jones. His impact on the high school as the school resource officer was obvious when he returned to school a couple of years after he left that assignment and students still recognized and talked to him when he visited the school.
“The most enjoyable thing for me is to be able to work through conflicts with the kids,” said Deputy Joe Page. “I can help them or show them other options to the conflicts they are having in their lives.”
Deputy Metcalf and Deputy Crum said they are excited about their new opportunity and look forward to the beginning of the school year and meeting the students.
The Youth and Community Services Division provides a daily activity report from school resource officers that gives the WCSO Command Staff a synopsis of what the deputy experiences each day at school. The synopsis is provided to Superintendent Pearce who expressed appreciation in knowing what the SROs were asked to handle at the end of each day. Many of the daily reports discuss the fact that the school learning environment was very calm and school center had a very productive day. “I appreciate being able to look at that at the end of the day and know things are going well at school,” said the Superintendent.
SROs have been involved in school bus stop checks and they monitor the bus radio channel to respond to bus drivers who may have an issue with students. The district also has experienced deputies who have been assigned as SROs in past years who can step into the role if one of the regular SROs is out of the school for a day or two.
The WCSO and school district will be continuing the partnership established by Sheriff Creel and Superintendent Pearce which has included seat belt checks at the high school, bicycle safety rodeos, Teen Driver Challenge, narcotics spot checks on school campuses involving K-9 units, paid and volunteer staff serving as security for sporting events such as football games at middle school and high school levels, Project Graduation, SAVE programs, taking students to the hospital for mental health issues and traffic control at large event such as high school graduation.