The Henderson County Sheriff's Office places School Resource Officers (SROs) in our Henderson County Public School system. These officers have a heart for our youth and strive to build lasting interactions with the students they serve.
SROs assist school administration with problems that arise on campus that may involve students, parents, teachers or school visitors. When needed they assist teachers with students who create class disturbances and work to resolve the issue. SROs provide a law enforcement presence in our schools and investigate reports of criminal activity that occur on school property. They are also responsible for scheduling law enforcement personnel for after school events.
In addition to our School Resource Officers, Henderson County Officers participate in an Adopt-a-School program where officers from all divisions complete security checks and interact with administrators, teachers and students at their assigned schools.
We are excited to offer the Sheriffs Teaching Abuse Resistance (STAR) program in Henderson County. This program was created locally and focuses on the problems our children are faced with here in our county. STAR is a seven week program taught by School Resource Officers and School Health Nurses. Below you will find a brief summary of what will be covered in each lesson.
Lesson 1: Good citizenship and what influences our behaviors
Lesson 2: Good decision-making; consequences; alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes
Lesson 3: Marijuana, inhalants and other illegal drugs; user statistics; ways to say "No"
Lesson 4: Prescription drug awareness and safety
Lesson 5: Health consequences of behaviors from abusing drugs (taught by School Health Nurses)
Lesson 6: Bullying; responsible behavior using electronic means; briefly touching on two severe forms of bullying - human trafficking and gangs; the choking game; gun safety.
Lesson 7: Summarizing of the lessons and celebrating STAR participation.
You may be asking, “What happened to DARE?”
Over the past several years there has been a national trend of moving away from DARE. Certain trends affecting other areas of the nation were not necessarily the problems our children are faced with on the local level.
A large portion of the STAR Program’s focus came straight from a local and state survey that was given to our 9th grade students.
We were able to see trends occurring across North Carolina, but several concerning items that were going on right here in Henderson County.
We are very proud of the partnerships that helped create this new and customized program. The creation of STAR was very much a community effort. The committee included members of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, the Henderson County Board of Public Education, representatives from the Henderson County School Nurses and Counselors and the founder of HopeRx. This committee met several times and developed a product that they thought would benefit our kids. The curriculum was taken before the Henderson County Student Health Advisory Council, the HopeRx Board and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for the Henderson County Board of Public Education. These committees were made up of principals, fifth grade teachers, school nurses, school counselors, and parents.
Questions regarding the STAR program can be directed to Lieutenant Larry Pierson via the "Send Message" option below.
STAR Camp is a program that provides School Resource Officers with the opportunity to mentor fifth grade students during their summer break. Concepts taught during the STAR curriculum are reinforced in a fun-filled environment outside the classroom. Approximately 400 students will attend STAR Camp at no cost to the children or their families.
STAR Camp is funded by donations and grants. If you know of a business or an individual that would be interested in donating, please contact Lt. Larry Pierson.
Donations can be brought or mailed to:
Henderson County STAR Program
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Questions regarding STAR Camp can be directed to Lieutenant Larry Pierson via the "Send Message" option below.
Thank you for your support of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office STAR Program.
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