The first School Resource Officer (SRO) program was adopted in Flint, Michigan in the 1950s. Initially, plain clothes officers were placed inside elementary and middle schools to foster the relationship police had with youths and to protect the students and staff.
Since this time, the SRO program has evolved and expanded tremendously. Now, the SRO is a mentor and counselor to the students as well as a role model. In 2015, the Byron-Bergen Central School District contracted with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office to provide its first-ever SRO. At the start of the 2015-16 school year, Deputy Matt Butler started his assignment at the school. In the ensuing years, he has become an integral part of our district.