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Tangipahoa's School Resource Officers include, from left, Deputy Lisa Varnado, Amite High School; Deputy Unseld Johnson, Independence High; Deputy Sidney Eubanks; Ponchatoula High; Deputy Darren Vice, Hammond High and Hammond Junior High; Deputy Tracy Eady, Loranger Elementary, Middle and High; and Deputy Bobby Carter, Sumner High and Junior High.

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With 81 years of combined law enforcement experience, Tangipahoa Parish Office school resource officers secure six Tangipahoa Parish area schools.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards, in partnership with the Tangipahoa Parish School System, said he is committed to providing area schools with a safe learning environment.

School resource officers from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office are in six parish schools. They meet peace officer standards and training for certified law enforcement deputies assigned to either an elementary, middle or high schools, a news release said.

Tangipahoa's School Resource Officers include Deputy Lisa Varnado, Amite High School; Deputy Unseld Johnson, Independence High; Deputy Sidney Eubanks; Ponchatoula High; Deputy Darren Vice, Hammond High and Hammond Junior High; Deputy Tracy Eady, Loranger Elementary, Middle and High; and Deputy Bobby Carter, Sumner High and Junior High.

The school resource officers are role models that work daily to bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime, the release said.

“Sadly, we’ve seen many tragedies occur in schools across the nation over the past 15 years,” Edwards said. “We’ve also seen countless incidents where officers working inside schools have prevented attacks or crimes on campus. SROs can provide early intervention, security and long-term solutions for existing safety concerns.”