Cedar Grove Elementary
My name is Matt Powell and I am a deputy at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in the School Resource Officer division.
I started my career in 2006 as a detention officer in the Rutherford County Jail. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to the patrol division where I worked for six years before becoming an SRO.
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified police officer who is assigned to a school on a full-time basis. An SRO's responsibilities are based on the Triad Plus One philosophy that consists of law enforcement officer, informal counselor, teacher and role model. For this, SRO's receive many hours of on-going specialized training. The involvement of SRO's extends far beyond the classroom and normal workday. SRO's participate in parent-teacher and faculty meetings, student social/sporting events and club projects. The presence of SRO's tends to build a bond between students and police that makes for a safer overall school environment.
I am dedicated to the faculty, staff, students and parents of Cedar Grove Elementary. It is my objective to create and maintain an environment that will help maximize the safety and general education of our children, while allowing teachers and faculty to remain focused on their daily duties.