The purpose of this program is to provide a police officer to district schools available as a resource to the administrators, faculty, staff and most of all the students. East Greenbush police officers have been visible and instructing in the district since the early 1980's when the first drug awareness program was introduced. Now, there is a more structured and organized system in place which has built on the rapport that the police department and school district share. Recently, the school district added a Sheriffs Deputy to provide a School Resource Officer to Goff Middle School.
Who Are They?
School Resource Officers are certified New York State Police Officers that are employed by the Town of East Greenbush Police Department and Rensselaer County Sheriffs Department. SRO's are veteran officers assigned to the Youth Services Bureau of the police department. Certifications include D.A.R.E. Instructor training, School Resource Officer training and various juvenile related training. They also handle the majority of the juvenile related matters of the department.
Officer Abraham started her law enforcement career in 2011 in the City of Mechanicville. While serving in Mechanicville, Officer Abraham also worked as a campus public safety supervisor for the University Heights Association, which serves Albany Law School, Albany Medical Center, Albany College of Pharmacy and The Sage Colleges. She worked as an investigator for the NYS Justice Center, a domestic violence counselor for the Unity House in Troy and an educator for the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Schenectady.
In her new role at Columbia, Officer Abraham will ensure a safe and healthy school climate, and serve as a resource for all district schools on topics such as bullying, drug education, stranger safety and social media safety.
Deputy Russo (no relation to Sheriff Patrick Russo) has been a police officer for 16 years and is a certified School Resource Officer and School Resource Officer trainer. For the last six years, he has served as the Rensselaer County D.A.R.E. Officer, teaching 5th grade classrooms in seven different school districts.
Prior to becoming a police officer, Deputy Russo spent 10 years working with children at Berkshire Farm Center, Vanderheyden Hall, NYS Brookwood Secure Center and the NY State Central Register for Child Abuse.