When students arrive at Sherman High School to start their day, the first person they see might be Officer Tom Caver, the district’s new school resource officer. Caver is a veteran Sherman Police Officer who now serves as a full-time SRO at Sherman High School. His new, permanent, role started in August and has been a positive addition to the campus. During Monday night’s board meeting, Caver was introduced to the community. Meeting attendees viewed a video that featured Officer Caver in action at Sherman High School and listened to Caver speak about his new full time responsibility with Sherman ISD.
“This is new for all of us and the SHS administrators and teachers have opened up their family to me,” Caver said. “I get to impact the young lives here and it’s an amazing and rewarding feeling that I get to see change and change mindsets.”
Sherman High School Principal Jenifer Politi believes that his presence on campus makes students and staff feel safe.
“We are so glad to have a dedicated SRO on our campus this year,” she said. “He has built wonderful relationships with our faculty, our students and our staff and genuinely loves what he does.”
Brett Counce, SISD Safety and Security Director, said the program is beneficial for the entire district.
“The SRO is an integral part of the campus team and any person in that role must take a genuine interest in relationship development with students and staff, Counce said. “Officer Caver has done that and has been able to step in and help diffuse several situations this year. Having him a part of our team allows us to get things handled quickly.”
The mission of the SRO Program is to foster a positive relationship and rapport with students as well as reduce and prevent school-related violence and crimes committed by juveniles and young adults. The program accomplishes this mission by having an assigned officer on SISD school facilities to assist with creating and maintaining a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment.
“With a police officer here, I feel more secure,” Sherman High School Senior, Ja’Coya Birdow expressed. “I don’t have to worry about fights happening because there is always a police officer here that you can talk to.”
Sherman High School Senior, Drew Staggs echoed the same sentiments.
“Safety is really important to my overall well-being,” he said. “Whenever I get to school I don’t really have to think about it anymore because I feel like the SRO on campus is doing a good job and keeping me and my friends safe.”
Caver says his job is to ensure that students can attend school to learn and not worry about their safety at all.
“I come to work every day to make sure this campus is safe and secure,” he said. “I love seeing their smiling faces and it is a great feeling to build a safe learning environment.”