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School Resource Officer

The Searcy County School Resource Officer is Chief Michael Tibbens.  In 2024, the Searcy County School District applied for, and was approved to have their own police department, separate from other agencies.  The dispatch for the school police department will be monitored through the Searcy County Sheriff's Office.   

The S.R.O. is an educator, law enforcer and counselor. As an educator, the S.R.O. visits classrooms and teaches students concepts of safety, traffic laws, general law, and crime prevention techniques. The S.R.O. works closely with individual teachers to create special programs tailored to specific units of study. These presentations help increase student awareness and understanding of laws and personal safety. As a uniformed police officer, the S.R.O. provides a positive image of law enforcement in an effort to help young people make constructive choices in their lives.

The S.R.O.’s primary duty is to protect the school’s safe environment and to maintain an atmosphere where students, teachers and staff feel safe enough to learn. The S.R.O. investigates criminal activity occurring on school campuses. Although not a disciplinarian, the S.R.O. conducts investigations with school administrators in accordance with Arkansas State Law and school district policy. The S.R.O. only takes action when a violation of law has occurred.


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