School Resource Officers face a lot more difficulties in their job than they’re often credited with.

These are the men and women on the front lines of our schools, keeping students safe from threats, both externally and within the school walls.

They deal with active threats. They deal with violence. They’re tasked with keeping our kids safe.

Maryland school resource officer

When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland’s Great Mills High School, the rapid response of the school’s single resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was instrumental in bringing the incident to a quick end. (St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office)

 

But much more commonly, SRO’s deal with drug offenses with students that attend class each day.

Greg Giuntini is the Director of DetectaChem Inc.

DetectaChem specializes in reliable smartphone drug detection technology, creating a safer and more accurate tool for law enforcement.

“School Resource Officers have an incredibly difficult job to do in the US school system today,” said Giuntini. “They need to find a way to effectively and efficiently identify suspected drugs while also being sure not to over step boundaries with students. This is no easy task.”

Police can now test unknown substances with far less risk of exposure. (DetectaChem Inc.)

 

Now, when most people think about the drugs that are circulating the hallways of a high school, their mind goes to the obvious – marijuana.

But Giuntini says officers are up against a lot worse these days.

“Hardcore drugs are widely available in middle and high schools today. Students sell heroin, cocaine, meth and more just like they would on the streets. School Resource Officers need new tools to detect these drugs and keep them out of our school system.”

But DetectaChem’s technology doesn’t stop when the drug detection is done. Their handheld SEEKERe tool can also be used to identify gunshot residue and even trace levels of explosive substances. This is key in the growing number of attacks on schools, and having the right tool changes the game for an investigation.

K9 units are often used to help locate narcotics and explosives, but not every school has the budget or resources to acquire one. (Sgt. K9 Oxx)

 

“School Resource Officers need to be testing for gunshot residue. It’s not to say that every student who tests for GSR is a possible school shooter, but it is as least some indication of the possibility and warrants a secondary bag or locker search.”

Schools around the country have begun using drug and bomb sniffing dogs to eliminate threats, but not every district is able to afford it, and resources typically run thin when schools rely on local K9 units to respond.

Officers or department heads that would like more information on DetectaChem Inc.’s line of tests can click the link or fill out the form below.

 

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