School Resource Officer

Okaloosa Sheriff's Office

A School Resource Officer is a sworn Deputy employed with the Sheriff’s Office. We are assigned full-time to a school campus to work with the school’s principal and staff with a primary focus on safety and juvenile delinquency prevention. This is accomplished by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement.

The SRO pursues this through a 3-pronged concept:

  • Law enforcement on campus

  • Teacher / Educator

  • Counselor / Advisor

These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement instead of a reactive posture. The SRO is the “COP” on campus who handles various issues concerning the campus/staff/students, and parents.

I enjoy being in a school environment and helping our young students become familiar with having a law enforcement officer on campus who works with them and for them when needed. Ultimately my purpose is the safety of our campus. This helps promote a positive learning environment.

Please do not hesitate to call me or come by my office in the front office if I can be of any service to you or your children.  


Joshua Hawkins