Stark County Sheriff’s Office SRO Receives Master Level Accreditation

(Canton, OH) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office announces a local School Resource Officer has received a Master Level Accreditation from the Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA).

Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier confirmed that Deputy Chad Smith recently received the Master SRO level from the agency. Officisls note the Master level is the highest level of accreditation given by the OSROA. It recognizes the SRO who has met all the Certified SRO requirements PLUS seven years or more of verifiable cumulative SRO duty, attendance at four of seven OSROA Annual Conferences during the seven years as an SRO, at least four years of paid membership in OSROA during the seven years as an SRO and signatures from his/her Chief or Sheriff and principal verifying the seven years of SRO duty.

Deputy Smith has dedicated thirteen years of service as a School Resource Officer for the Plain Local School District. Throughout his career, he has completed numerous hours of training including advanced school-based law enforcement training at OSROA’s Annual Conferences.

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“The most rewarding part of the job is having the opportunity to build relationships with the kids and make a positive impact on their lives,” said Deputy Smith.

Deputy Smith’s lapel pin and certificate were awarded at the 2018 OSROA Annual Conference, June 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Columbus Crowne Center, Dublin, Ohio.

“School Resource Officers play a critical role in keeping our kids safe,” said Sheriff George T. Maier. “School safety and security continues to be a top priority and the experience Deputy Smith brings to that focus is extremely valuable.”

For more information contact Michaela Madison, Public Information Officer at (330) 430-3889 or

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