This year, you’ll see a new four-legged friend walking the halls with Boyle County School Resource Officer (SRO) Ricky Sellers. Petey, a four-year old German shepherd, serves alongside Officer Sellers to monitor safety throughout the district.
Officer Sellers and Petey support school safety, but they also help connect students to positive law enforcement role models. Their consistent presence inside the schools helps build important relationships – encouraging students to make good choices and making it easier for them to get help during difficult situations.
In the classroom, Officer Sellers is often called upon to teach students about the dangers of drunk driving, drugs and other important issues. The duo also visits other community organizations, providing outreach opportunities outside of Boyle County Schools.
Petey is trained in narcotics and passive tracking and served on the Danville Police Department’s K9 unit for two years. Thanks to good timing and a donation from Southern Coast K9, Petey joined the district’s SRO team over the summer. Officer Sellers, a trained K9 handler, is one of only a handful of school resource officers with a dedicated K9 unit.
Officer Sellers has served as a full-time SRO in the district since 2016, as part of a partnership between the Boyle County Sheriff’s Department and Boyle County Schools. SRO’s are sworn law enforcement officers responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in schools.
Photo courtesy of the Boyle County Sherrif's Department.