Since 2014, School Resource Officer (SRO), Lt. Jeff Scrogin, has done his best to provide security and to be a resource simultaneously at both the Van-Far R-I and Community R-VI School Districts.
As of Jan. 22, he now has the help of an additional deputy to give a police presence at both districts at the same time. The move will help in saving drive time as well as lighten the case load of Lt. Scrogin (SRO).
Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller announced last week that Deputy Cody Burson became the county’s second SRO on Jan. 22 after transferring from the Court Services and Prisoner Transport Division. Deputy Burson is no stranger to schools as he is recognized as the driving force behind the county’s “Shop With a Cop” program.
“The relationship started between the students and I during that time,” new SRO Burson said.
“I realized I liked working with (the kids)…This is just another opportunity to work with the kids as another resource.”
Deputy Burson said he looks forward to his role in mentoring students and looks forward to building relationships with them.
Back in 2014, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, the Audrain County Commission, the Community R-VI School District, and the Van-Far R-I School District entered into a partnership to provide a SRO to the districts.
“Lt. Scrogin was assigned to the schools and has done an outstanding job,” Sheriff Oller said.
“I can’t say enough about his success in this role.”
The planning of implementing a second SRO began in mid-2018.
“Those meetings led to plans, and with careful budgeting, those plans were successful,” Sheriff Oller noted. “I’m sure Cody will do well in this assignment,” Sheriff Oller noted.
He also said that new SRO Burson is “dedicated to the welfare of the young in the community and has been very successful.”
“We are proud of the partnership we have with our other elected officials and our community partners,” Sheriff Oller said.
“All of us remain committed to making Audrain County as safe as possible to live, work, and send our children to school.”