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School Resource Officers Program

Gwinnett's school resource officers (SROs) help educate students and parents about safety issues, while also protecting them and preventing inappropriate behavior on school campuses. The program was established and modeled to reflect a multifaceted approach to community policing in the schools. Commonly referred to as the "Triad Model," Gwinnett's school resource officers engage in three types of activities: law enforcement, counseling/mentoring, and law-related education.

Law Enforcement

Schools continue to be a reflection of the broader community. The presence of officers on campus enhances the perception of safety by students, staff, and the community. The alleviation of disruption, crime, and violence in the schools, through proactive and preventive interventions, enhances the safe and productive learning environment for our students.


School resource officers develop and improve relationships with students through mentoring and counseling. This interaction provides a different insight for students into the role of law enforcement in the community. By providing positive role models, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their community as well as promoting and enhancing acceptable social behaviors.

Law-Related Education

Through interaction in the classroom, school resource officers provide guidance and expertise on many topics. In addition, they are available to provide training and education to teachers, staff, parents, and community organizations. Gwinnett SROs are highly qualified professionals who all have at least 10 years experience in law enforcement and hold postsecondary degrees. In fact, among Gwinnett's school resource officers, 35 percent also hold master's degrees.

Get acquainted with your student's school resource officer, an important partner to Gwinnett's safe and orderly schools.

Chief Wayne Rikard

Wayne Rikard Chief of Safety and Security
(770) 513-6715

Captain Bill Wellmaker

Bill Wellmaker Captain of Safety and Security
(770) 513-6715

Jim Haralson

Jim Haralson Crossing Guard Supervisor
(770) 277-4486

Attendance zones for Gwinnett County Public Schools are determined by geographical boundaries called clusters. Each Zone Commander represents a group of clusters and manages school resource officers assigned to each cluster. To access contact information for specific school resource officers, please click on the zone links below.

Lt. Tony Lockard - North Zone Commander

Lt. Tony Lockard
North Zone Commander

North Zone Clusters include: Collins Hill, Discovery, Lanier, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge clusters
Lt. Mary Williford - South Zone Commander

Lt. Mary Williford
South Zone Commander

South Zone Clusters include: Brookwood, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett
Lt. Tom Schwarzer - West Zone Commander

Lt. Tom Schwarzer
East Zone Commander

East Zone Clusters include: Archer, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Mill Creek, Mountain View clusters
Lt. Lebron Smith - West Zone Commander

Lt. Lebron Smith
West Zone Commander

West Zone Clusters include: Berkmar, Duluth, Meadowcreek, and Norcross

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