Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

November 20, 2019

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is increasing the presence of law enforcement at some schools. The Office of School Safety and Security secured a $276,000 grant that is allowing CCPS to enhance it security efforts through additional police coverage.

Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, said the grant is limited to increasing police presence at schools and will provide coverage at some elementary schools and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. CCPS selected schools in remote areas as well as some in more congested areas that can limit the School Resource Officer (SRO) availability to quickly respond. All middle and high schools have a full-time SRO who also covers the closest elementary schools to their regular assignment.

The extra officers will work each school day, and many will cover multiple schools. This is in addition to the regular SRO coverage for these schools. The officers are not trained SROs, so they will serve in a different capacity and generally remain outside the school in a prominent location near the main entrance. Officers may enter the school and interact with students in common areas.

If an emergency situation occurs, the officers will be available to assist staff until the assigned SRO can arrive. Their primary mission is to provide physical building security and maintain a visible presence while students are in school, Stoddard said.

Elementary schools receiving additional coverage include Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, C. Paul Barnhart, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Billingsley, William B. Wade, Dr. Gustavus Brown, Arthur Middleton, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Mary B. Neal, Dr. James Craik, T.C. Martin and Malcolm. Police covering Stethem will work the entire school day at the center.

The grant continues through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

2 Responses to Charles County Public Schools Announces $276,000 Grant to Provide Additional Police Coverage at Schools

  1. Baud9600 on November 20, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I graduated from high school in Chuck County. My son graduated from high school in Chuck County. Neither of us had police on our school sites. Seems to tell us that the parents of current students are sub-par at parenting. Its a shame that the animals don’t know how to behave and have no idea how to correct their own offspring.

    • Chris on November 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

      I agree as a whole in that theory. I believe it has a lot to do with the old school Charles County folks moving out because of the riff raff that has moved, especially to the Waldorf area and crime rates skyrocketing. I am a mom of a toddler and that’s exactly what I did was move out of Waldorf when I finally went to buy a home. With that shift of people moving out of DC and PG into Waldorf and the long-time residents of Waldorf moving out, you get a change in the overall population and their societal views on what is important, acceptable, their values, etc., which I believe now to be at its lowest ever for the area. It’s sad. Also, I think too many young parents now let their kids get away with way too much and strive to be a friend more than a parent figure. I am raising my daughter with the same values and respect as I was raised and hope I am doing much better than what I have been seeing these days when it comes to kids’ behavior now and what was acceptable when I was a child. So much has changed….