Youth Resource Deputies are sworn deputies responsible for providing security services with the Putnam County School District and youth-focused crime prevention services community wide.
Youth resource deputies provide a wide array of services. The three most typical roles of youth resource deputies are safety expert and law enforcer, problem solver and liaison to community resources and educator.
In school and community settings problem-solving involves coordinated efforts among administrators, teachers, students, parents, mental health professionals and community-based stakeholders. Youth resource deputies frequently assist in resolving problems that are not necessarily law violations, such as bullying or disorderly behavior, but which are nonetheless safety issues that can result in or contribute to criminal incidents.
Helping resolve these problems frequently requires the youth resource deputies to act as a resource liaison, referring students to professional services within both the school (guidance counselors, social workers) and the community (family service organizations).
Building relationships between youth and law enforcement serve as an important means of developing our youth into crime-free, productive citizens. Youth resource deputies accomplish this mission through a number of programs including education, mentoring and athletic programs both on the school campus and in the community.