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Jill Lingle, veteran SRO at G.W. Middle School, and Sgt. Courtney Ballantine.

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SROs: Making Differences in Students’ Lives

Officers discuss their roles at Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition meeting.

“It’s probably one of my toughest assignments,” Ballantine said at the quarterly meeting of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria on Sept. 17. “It’s challenging to ensure the safety and security of the kids. But the beauty of this job is it’s not so much about law enforcement; it’s more about mentoring.”

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