MAHOPAC, N.Y.-In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said that she and the Putnam County Legislature have been working with local school superintendents to ensure that the school resource officer (SRO) program continues throughout the county.

In the last three weeks, Odell met with officials from the school districts in the county to reinforce the benefits of this shared-service program. 

“School security is top priority…and has been a priority since my days on the Legislature when I was the chair of the Protective Services Committee,” Odell said. “We continue to work with the schools, law enforcement and the…mental health professionals in Putnam County to protect our students and our residents. The SRO program is an important component of our work. It provides safety, security and well-being at our schools as well as for the community.”

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Odell said that an SRO gathers invaluable information that is transmitted to the respective local law enforcement agencies and can be used in investigations.

Joseph Castellano, chairman of the Legislature, said he is an advocate of the SRO program, as well.