Recent and continued information about the officers of Sarasota Security Patrol have appeared in the media. These reports are intended to cast dispersions on the integrity of SSP, its officers, the Manatee County School Board and its devoted staff.
These dispersions, it is felt, are at the behest of a single person or group of people who are interested only in seeing their names in the paper. Do they truly mean to create a state of unrest among the students and their families?
Since Sept. 17, 2014, (the first day CSOs were on campus) all of the elementary school administration, faculty, staff, students and parents, who have come in contact with SSP and its CSOs (community security officers) have nothing but praise and adoration.
Not only are the officers accepted and welcomed, they are needed.
In just two days of being on campus, the CSOs have had a dramatic impact on the quality of the student experience and their educational needs. The law prevents disclosure of the heroic efforts and activity of our officers.
The MCSB should be commended on their leadership and vision. Placing private CSOs on campus was not an easy decision to make politically, nor was it an easy decision to make administratively, it being the first program of its kind in the state of Florida.
SSP services local charter schools, county school districts, government agencies, as well as private-sector and non-profit businesses. SSP was established in 1962 and has over 52 years of experience with security service solutions.
SSP employees have core values of integrity and honor; their commitment comes from years of experience in law enforcement, military or security fields. SSP has issued a press release containing facts. We wait to see what gets published.