Resource Officer Assigned to Parkland, Florida High School Resigns

Resource Officer Resigns

The Parkland, Florida armed school resource officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, “never went in” as a gunman mowed down people inside a student building, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday. School Resource Officer Scott Peterson, assigned to the campus since 2009,  was seen on video surveillance arriving at the building, preparing to “take up a position to enter the building, but never going in.

According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Peterson stood outside, doing nothing, for more than four minutes, as accused shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. Fourteen students and three faculty members were killed.

Family who welcomed Florida Shooter were CLUELESS!

Parkland Sheriff Scott Israel issued a statement in which he said “Scott Peterson was absolutely on campus through this entire event,” Israel said. “He was armed, he was in uniform. After seeing video, witness statements, and Scott Peterson’s very own statement, I decided this morning to suspend Scott Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation. As is his right, Scott Peterson chose to resign.”

Israel claimed that Peterson “clearly” knew there was a shooting, and was seen doing “nothing” on video. Israel added that there were no known issues with communication.

Peterson, resigned on Thursday after being suspended without pay.  Peterson will be eligible for retirement following his resignation.

In 2016, Peterson salary was $75,673.72.

Job Summary:  Florida School Resource Officers

Under general supervision, performs responsible law enforcement work in providing protection for students, faculty and visitors to school campuses and working within the school system to build positive relationships among students, faculty and the police. Work requires a working knowledge of techniques, methods, and procedures used in policing activities. Contacts require skills in understanding human behavior and those factors that influence behavioral changes and are critical in adversarial and confrontational situations. Work follows standard operating procedures; however, the employee has the latitude to determine what procedure or precedent to follow based on the work situation. The School Resource Officer will serve as a resource throughout the school system and will be required to perform the functions of law enforcement officer, educator and counselor while becoming an integral member of the school community. This is done through proactive prevention and diversion programs, as well as normal policing procedures. The Officers are responsible for campus patrol, initial case investigations, and subsequent follow-up and, when necessary, making arrests. The Officers also provide classroom presentations and counsel students and parents to foster a better understanding of law enforcement. Employees are charged with enforcing all local ordinances and state statutes as they pertain to their assignment. Work is considered hazardous due to the nature of the duties. Collaborates with the School Principal in the performance of duties; however, in the chain of command reports to a School Police Lieutenant who reviews work through written reports and personal conferences, usually after the fact, in terms of quality, timeliness, and for adherence to established methods, standards, policies, and achievement of desired results.

School Resource Officer Essential Functions:

  • Patrol school campuses and responds to emergency situations on the campus and adjacent areas.
  • Prepares detailed reports of findings for use by School Investigators and other law enforcement personnel.
  • Detains and/or arrests perpetrators of offenses against school personnel or property when necessary.
  • Meets with school principal(s)/administrators on a daily basis.Develop good working relationships with school faculty and staff to include assisting with criminal and non-criminal issues at school sites.
  • Refer students and their families to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined.
  • Attend meetings of parent groups and faculty-wide in-service sessions when needed.
  • Refrain from functioning as a school disciplinarian.
  • Be available for conferences with students, parents and faculty members to assist with problems related to law enforcement and crime prevention.
  • Confer with the school administration to develop strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations on or near the campus.
  • Promote citizen awareness of law enforcement efforts on campus to ensure the peaceful operation of school related programs and build support with students.
  • Whenever possible attend school functions or extracurricular school events.
  • Originate police reports on any incident of a police nature and follow the existing procedures as required by Duval County Public School Police Department.
  • Conduct threat assessments utilizing Duval County Public School Police Department procedures.
  • Provide a program of educational leadership to the students, parents and faculty addressing tobacco, alcohol, other drug issues, gang activity, violence diffusion, violence prevention, crime prevention, and safety issues in the school community.
  • Act as a communication liaison with law enforcement agencies; provide basic information concerning students on campuses served by the officer.
  • Take steps appropriate and consistent with a law enforcement officer’s duty when a crime occurs.
  • Gather information regarding potential problems such as criminal activity, gang activity, student unrest, and identify particular individuals who may be a disruptive influence to the school and or students.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Must have had at least one year of law enforcement experience.

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