BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Football teams have been preparing all summer for the return to the gridiron, but they’re not the only ones hoping the preparation pays off this season.
The Shelby and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices say it’s been a priority for months. However, some MPs will be more involved than others when it comes to protecting the community on Friday nights.
“I think some of our biggest unsung heroes here in Shelby County law enforcement are our school resource officers,” said Maj. Clay Hammac of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Major Hammac stresses that ORS will be essential this football season.
“Our School Resource Officers trained all summer while some were enjoying family vacations. Think like your football teams. You have summer training camps. It’s kind of the same thing in a way for our school resource officers. They hone and hone those skills. They make sure their campus is safe and they think about contingency plans, updating security plans,” Hammac said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will even send their ORS on the road to help protect the team.
“The school SRO will generally always travel with the team and it is possible that other deputies will accompany them. Depending on the resources of this team,” Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Chief David Agee said.
While staffing is a concern for some departments, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief David Agee points out that these environments are too important and large to be understaffed.
“There will be those you will see and those you will not see. There will be those inside the stadium and outside the stadium. The amount depends on the size of the crowd, the school, the situation, but we will have enough to cover it,” Deputy Chief Agee said.
Both sheriff’s offices emphasize the importance of community involvement. If you hear or see a situation escalating at the stadium, they ask you to alert law enforcement immediately.
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