COTC chair, Shirley Ginwright, is chairing the newly formed School Resource Officer (SRO)Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Community Review Committee.  A SRO is a sworn Fairfax County Police officer assigned to a middle of high school, to assist school administrators in maintaining safety and order, within their assigned school. The MOU is between the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Public School which outlines the roles and responsibilities of the SRO and the school administrators.  The current MOU was approved in 2014.  Since that time, there has been changes to the responsibilities of the SRO.  There are also community concerns that SROs have played a large role in the school-to-prison pipeline, in which children of color are introduced into the criminal justice system.

Over 17 community organizations were invited to participate on this committee, established by Chairman Sharon Bulova.  Serving in a support role, are the FC Chief of Police Roessler and the FC School Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand.   The committee is expected to meet three times.  It will review the current “draft and redlined” MOU and submit their comments and recommended changes, prior to the document being presented the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.

If you would like learn more about this committee, join us on July 9, 7PM at the Fairfax County Government Center, Room 232, for our next meeting.  Members will be discussing their recommendations on improving the MOU to make it a document where we can all be proud of saying, “I helped to make a change.”

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