The East Ramapo Central School District joyously welcomed back School Resource Officer (SRO) Quacy Evelyn to his duties at Spring Valley High School. The heartwarming return comes after a brief hiatus when Village of Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon laid him off just last week.
Officer Evelyn’s return was nothing short of a touching scene. Students and faculty greeted him with warm embraces, high fives, fist pumps, shedding a few tears, and sharing countless smiles.
SROs play an integral role in maintaining a safe learning environment in our schools. They are uniformed police officers placed within the precincts of our high schools, and they serve as a direct bridge to the local police departments. Specialized in school-based law enforcement, these officers are committed to ensuring the safety of the district’s high school students. They are appointed by the respective local police departments. While Spring Valley High School benefits from the protection of Officer Evelyn from the Spring Valley Police Department, Ramapo High School is safeguarded by Officer Robert Navarro from the Town of Ramapo Police Department.
The presence of Officers Navarro and Evelyn goes beyond mere security. They strive to foster positive relationships with students, assisting in the development of solutions to challenges they face. Given their profound familiarity with the schools’ environment, from the students to the buildings, they are the first point of call in emergency situations.
East Ramapo Central School District expresses deep gratitude for the unparalleled service of its SROs. “We are thrilled to have such dedicated officers patrolling our high schools,” said a district spokesperson.
For those interested in knowing more about the crucial role SROs play in shaping the future of our Gryphons and Tigers, please visit www.ERCSD.org/SROs