The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office maintains an energetic partnership with the Lauderdale County School System. One component of Patrol is the School Resource Officers. The SRO's were established to provide a safe school environment. Through team building and mutual relationships with school administrators and positive interaction with students both in the classroom and general areas of the school grounds. The Sheriff's Office School Resource Unit has five dedicated deputies who serve as positive role models. These officers are permanently assigned to these schools to patrol the campuses and investigate crimes that occur on campus.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a program designed to equip elementary, middle and high school children with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in seventy-five percent of our nation's school districts and more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. creates a positive atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed law enforcement officers specially trained to teach this curriculum.