School Resource Officers
The School Resource Unit falls under the Sheriff’s Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE) Division and is comprised of one Sergeant, and 14 uniformed deputies that are assigned to the county school system as liaisons between the Board of Education and the Sheriff’s Office. This unit is responsible for the safety and security of approximately 20,000 students on a daily basis and each officer is in the schools to enforce the laws of the state of Georgia on each school campus. There are 2 officers located at each high school, one officer located in the Haven program, and one officer for each middle school. The elementary schools do not have an SRO assigned to their school, but they call on the middle and high school SRO deputies as needed to handle any law enforcement related issues they might have.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE) Division
8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd
Douglasville, GA 30134
These phone numbers for the School Resource Officers are only good during the school year (August – May). If you need to reach a School Resource Officer during the summer break, please call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office any time at (770) 942-2121.
|Capt. Elmer Horn||Douglas County Sheriff’s Office||(770) 920-4901|
|Sgt. Jesse Hambrick||Douglas County Sheriff’s Office||(770) 577-5106|
|Dep. Lewis Fredenburg||Alexander High School||(770) 651-6000|
|Dep. Aaron Smith||Alexander High School||(770) 651-6000|
|Dep. Ken Davenport||Chapel Hill High School||(770) 651-6200|
|Dep. Clint Ayers||Chapel Hill High School||(770) 651-6200|
|Dep. Keith Wood||Chapel Hill Middle School||(770) 651-5000|
|Dep. Cindy West||Chestnut Log Middle School||(770) 651-5100|
|Dep. Theresa Jones||Fairplay Middle School||(770) 651-5300|
|Dep. Cam Brooks||Lithia Springs High School||(770) 651-6700|
|Dep. Diana Hutcheson||Lithia Springs High School||(770) 651-6700|
|Dep. Matt Wilson||Mason Creek Middle School||(770) 651-2500|
|Dep. Chuck Sharpe||New Manchester High School||(770) 651-6500|
|Dep. Chiquita Baitey||New Manchester High School||(770) 651-6500|
|Dep. Mark Matthews||Turner Middle School||(770) 651-5500|
|Dep. Charles Carter||Yeager Middle School||(770) 651-5600|
|Dep. Tony Carr||Alternative High School|
More About the SROs from Superintendent Trent North:
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
I am proud of our partnership with the law enforcement community and their efforts to keep our students out of trouble.
Approximately three years ago, the Douglasville Police Department created a general law class that addressed topics suitable for elementary students, such as appropriate touch, to more mature topics suitable for high school students, such as serious criminal acts. Other topics taught in the class include knowing your rights and the appropriate way to interact with law enforcement. The classes are taught by School Resource Officers (SROs) at the schools they serve.
We have seen many positive results from these classes:
- Students have encouraged their peers to make better choices about behavior.
- Students are knowledgeable about possible consequences for illegal actions.
- SROs have gained trust from students because students know that the SROs are working to keep them out of trouble.
- Students are more likely to share information with SROs regarding potentially dangerous situations involving other students.
We appreciate the many ways our SROs are working to keep our students safe, including educating them about our legal system. Enjoy the profile below on Deputy Fredenburg, our SRO at Fairplay Middle School.
Trent North, Superintendent
Douglas County School System
Lewis Fredenburg, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Lewis Fredenburg is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Fairplay Middle School.
After beginning his career in the Sheriff’s Office as a jailer, Deputy Fredenburg attended Mandate School (Police Academy). He requested the position of SRO and was assigned to Chestnut Log Middle School for a year. He then moved to Alexander High School where he served for 17 years. Looking for a change, he moved to Fairplay Middle School three years ago. “It is different coming from the busy atmosphere of high school to the more subdued atmosphere of middle school, but I enjoy it tremendously,” said Fredenburg. “I get to see my daughter Makinsey every day and take her to and from school.”
Deputy Fredenburg said that he has had the best training available, including several active shooter classes and tactical medic classes. “SROs are lucky that we have a week-long training every summer.”
Working with kids and young adults is the reason Deputy Fredenburg enjoys his position as SRO. “When I was at Alexander, the best part of the day was going into a special needs classroom. The students did not care if you had a bad day; they just wanted to play and have fun. That’s the part I miss most about high school!”
A native of Douglas County, Deputy Fredenburg is a graduate of Douglas County High School. He and his wife Sarah, an assistant principal at Douglas County High School, have been married for 19 years. “I do have to give credit where credit is due. My wife Sarah has made me a better person in this world.”
Because computers, text messages, and other electronic media are becoming common place in our society, many young adults now use the internet to communicate with friends. These social networking sites can be enjoyable and a great way to keep in touch if are used properly and when activity is monitored regularly, but some young adults use them to display illegal activity and gang related behavior.
For example, gang members are more commonly using social websites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to show allegiance to a gang. Kids that are experimenting with gang involvement, as well as those that are actively participating in gangs, often use these sites as a form of electronic graffiti. Therefore, it is a great source of information for law enforcement and can be for parents as well to learn about different people by what they place on their sites.
Many gang members will use colors, pictures downloaded from the internet, music choices, and videos to show allegiance to a gang. Many times members will place their own pictures on these sites that show them flashing gang signs, posing with weapons and cash, as well as pictures of them involved in other activity that they would not want the police or parents to know about.
Many times social media sites are used for other illegal or improper behavior as well such as bullying and other harassing behavior, physical threats of violence, racial discrimination, and they act as a way for kids to access information on where to find parties, alcohol, or other dangerous drugs. Virtual interaction thru social media is as much a part of many people’s daily activity as real interaction with friends and acquaintances. Often fights and other problems that occur at school are blamed on comments or activity posted on a social website away from school. Suicides and acts of school violence are often broadcast on a social networking site before they are committed. Any suspicious posts can be reported to the Sheriff’s Office or you can fill out the anonymous form to relay your concerns.
Many sites do a good job of filtering out videos or images that might be sexually explicit, but they do not filter out other videos that show extremely violent images, racist images and music, information on how to avoid getting caught with illegal items. They even go so far as host videos that teach viewers how to better commit crimes such as thefts. Parents and loved ones should know that many videos posted on these sites are just advertisements for other sites and will often have a link or tell kids how to access things like pornography.
We suggest that you become familiar with your child’s internet activity and know which sites they use. Many times a parent can conduct an area search or a search specifically for their child’s name in order to monitor their internet activity or you can search for information on your child’s friends who may be of concern to you. It is, however, always best to have your child give you their password or have them show you their account so that you can see what they are posting.
The following list is only some of the social media sites and apps teens use. A more in-depth list can be found here.
Violent Youth Trends
Youth violence may be defined as the intentional use of force—whether threatened or real—against a person, group, or community that results in—or has a high likelihood of resulting in—injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation by persons between the ages of 10 and 24. Youth violence takes many forms. This section provides more information about specific forms of violent behavior, such as assault, rape, and homicide, as well as the factors that increase or decrease the chances for such behaviors to arise. Specific forms of delinquent behavior, such as drug abuse, truancy, and vandalism, as well as how certain delinquent behaviors may be related to youth violence are also included in this section.
Information from STRYVE – Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere. STRYVE is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. To support this effort, STRYVE Online provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence.
A dangerous youth trends class can be added onto a gang or drug presentation or can be a stand alone class ranging from 30 minutes to several hours. This type class is for anyone that deals with youth on a regular basis.This class in designed to educate parents, teachers, and other attendees the dangerous activities that young adults engage in. This class is always evolving to cover the latest trends and can be conformed to fit the attendee’s needs. Some of the topics include internet dangers that include online predators, the dangers of social websites and online bullying. Other topics include the latest drug trends, gang related trends, violent music, and Goth and vampirism behavior.
To schedule a speaker, please email Sgt. Jesse Hambrick or call him at (770) 577-5106.
Risk factors give us insights into what may increase the likelihood of a young person becoming violent. Risk factors do not cause youth to become violent. However, the presence of risk factors increases the chances for violence. Research on youth violence has increased our understanding of factors that make some populations more vulnerable to victimization and perpetration. Risk factors increase the likelihood that a young person will become violent. However, risk factors are not direct causes of youth violence; instead, risk factors contribute to youth violence. Research associates the following risk factors with perpetration of youth violence (source: CDC):
Individual Risk Factors
- History of violent victimization
- Attention deficits, hyperactivity or learning disorders
- History of early aggressive behavior
- Involvement with drugs, alcohol or tobacco
- Low IQ
- Poor behavioral control
- Deficits in social cognitive or information-processing abilities
- High emotional distress
- History of treatment for emotional problems
- Antisocial beliefs and attitudes
- Exposure to violence and conflict in the family
Family Risk Factors
- Authoritarian childrearing attitudes
- Harsh, lax or inconsistent disciplinary practices
- Low parental involvement
- Low emotional attachment to parents or caregivers
- Low parental education and income
- Parental substance abuse or criminality
- Poor family functioning
- Poor monitoring and supervision of children
Peer/Social Risk Factors
- Association with delinquent peers
- Involvement in gangs
- Social rejection by peers
- Lack of involvement in conventional activities
- Poor academic performance
- Low commitment to school and school failure
Community Risk Factors
- Diminished economic opportunities
- High concentrations of poor residents
- High level of transiency
- High level of family disruption
- Low levels of community participation
- Socially disorganized neighborhoods
There are many questions that are asked by parents, teachers and students about sexting. What is sexting? Is sexting illegal? Are people really sexting that much? What should I tell me children about sexting? At what age should I get my child a cell phone? Some of these questions have answers that can be found in Georgia state law and others can’t as easily be answered.
There are many online definitions of sexting. Generally sexting is defined as, “The sending of sexually explicit texts or pictures either by phone or over the computer,” That means sexting can include sexually explicit written words sent by email or text message as well as sending sexually explicit pictures by email or text message. For adults, sexting can raise many moral issues, but sexting involving youth can mean criminal charges in many circumstances.
The law has many different laws that can be violated if someone “sexts” with a minor or child. These laws include child molestation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as sending or possessing child pornography. Many of these laws are specific to what type of message is sent and what is the age of the person sending or receiving these messages. It is easiest to say that to avoid criminal prosecution, no one should send/receive or text anything of a sexual nature to anyone under the age of 18. Remember this includes written words or pictures that involve any description of or pictures of anything of a sexual nature. Examples of things of a sexual nature might include nude or partially nude pictures as well as written words that describe a sexual act.
Sexting is becoming more and more of a common occurrence and national attention has been brought to the problem as more and more public figures are involved in sexting incidents. There are many statistics out there, but it would be fair to say that 20% of students in high school have either been a part of, or know a friend that has been involved in sexting. Providing your child a phone and then not monitoring what they send and receive on that phone could make for a problem down the road. Parents are advised that they should monitor their child’s phone activity at all times and should contact law enforcement if there is a concern that their child has received or send something sexually explicit. The ultimate goal of law enforcement is to make sure that your child’s image does not end up on the internet or in the hands of a sexual predator.
If you or your child receives anything that is questionable, it is important that you contact law enforcement and turn the text or picture over to them immediately. DO NOT DELETE any images that you have received. It is important that these images are preserved so that they can be tracked, documented and deleted properly. If you have any further questions please contact the Sheriff’s Office.