District Welcomes Roden as New SROThe Port Byron Central School District has found a familiar face to patrol the hallways.
Mike Roden took over as the district’s new School Resource Officer (SRO) earlier this month. Roden, a retired Auburn police officer, has lived in the district for more than a decade and his son attended school in Port Byron.
“As a district resident for over 15 years, Officer Roden has a vested interest in helping to keep our school and community safe,” Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Mike Jorgensen said. “We are thrilled with the additional layer of school security, but the position of School Resource Officer extends beyond safety. Officer Roden will use his time in school to foster positive relationships between our students, their families and our staff members.”
Roden retired from the Auburn Police Department in 2018. He received certification as a police officer and school resource officer, and has had training in crisis intervention and disability awareness.
Roden was very active in the D.A.R.E. program as an officer and instructor in the Auburn Enlarged City School District from 2001 to 2018. He is also a member of the state-wide training team and the New York State D.A.R.E Training Coordinator.
For Roden, it’s all about getting back into the routine of being an SRO, building relationships and being the bridge between the school district and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.
“Community is community,” Roden said. “It’s how we develop one another. We want to make students comfortable and make them successful within the community.”