Pioneer School Resource Officer
Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Deputy
Benjamin Shields phone: 716-492-9398
Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Substation: 716-492-9359
The SRO program places a police officer in the high school and middle school on a full time basis with the goal of creating and maintaining safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students, teachers, and staff. The SRO program reflects the community's desire to ensure that its schools are safe, secure and orderly. SROs represent a proactive strategy designed to bring prevention and intervention into the schools.
The SRO is not intended to serve as a "security officer" in the school, nor is he there to enforce disciplinary policies. The ultimate responsibility is to carry out his duties as a Cattaraugus County Deputy Sheriff, as expressed and interpreted through the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Department's chain of command.
Duties of the School Resource Officer
1. To ensure the safety for the students, faculty and staff at Pioneer Schools.
2. To counsel students in special situations, such as students suspected of engaging in criminal misconduct, when requested by a school administrator
or parents of the student.
3. To enforce criminal laws on the Local, State, and Federal levels, and to assist school officials with the enforcement of Policies and Regulations regarding student conduct
4. To investigate criminal activity on or around school property
5. To answer questions that students may have concerning criminal and juvenile law
6. To assist other officer's with outside investigations concerning students
7. To provide security at special school events or functions
Helping Everyone Live Peacefully
The forms below are provided for you to inform us about any situation or problem that you are having or know information about. These situations can in school or out of school. Please provide as much information as you can so that the problem can be addressed.
Reporting Substance Abuse and Bullying
Are you aware of information about drugs or violence but you are too afraid to tell anyone or do not want to be considered a “snitch”? Do you have a good friend who is abusing drugs or alcohol or seems to be depressed and you don’t want to betray his or her trust? Do you know about parties where drugs or alcohol are being abused? Do you notice unusual or violent behavior out of a fellow student, and you are just not sure where to turn? Pioneer Schools is now offering an anonymous alert email, located below on this page. Anyone can send an anonymous tip at any time. The hotline is setup to remove the user name of the person sending the email; thus, keeping the identity of the tipster anonymous.
This is not an emergency line. For all emergencies please call 911.
Click on a link to go to the appropriate form.
Bullying Report Form
Substance Abuse Report Form
Miscellaneous Report Form
The information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence. We are bound by law to share with law enforcement officials any information that indicates that you or another person have committed or are about to commit an act which may be harmful to yourself or others.
False reporting of an incident is against state law and school policy
Section 240.50 of the New York State Penal Law states: A person is guilty of falsely reporting an incident when, knowing the information reported, conveyed or circulated to be false or baseless, he/she initiates a false report or warning of an alleged occurrence or impending occurrence of a crime, catastrophe or emergency under circumstances in which it is not unlikely that public alarm or inconvenience will result. This is a Class A Misdemeanor.