For Immediate Release

March 1, 2001

"School Zone" Television Show

Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler is pleased to introduce the "School Zone" Television Show, which is tentatively scheduled to debut on the on the Community Channel (cable access 7), Wednesday, March 28th at 8:30 a.m.

The show, which is being written, produced and directed by School Resource Officers (SRO), was designed as a tool to better inform and educate both parents and citizens of Cumberland County with regard to the function of the SRO in the school environment. A SRO often hears "Wow, I can't believe that we have reached a point where deputies are in our schools" or "what's going on here?" While there is a tremendous amount of support for the school deputies, a misconception does exist as to why they are in our schools every day.

In response to this, the SRO, in conjunction with Time-Warner Cable, has created the "School Zone" television program. The show, which will be a half-hour in duration, will air at least twice a month (every other week). Time-Warner Cable provides support for these community service programs at no cost to the Sheriff's Office. In addition, the introduction of the show features original music performed by the Southview High School band.

Butler states... "this is an exciting way for our community to learn about the SRO program. Everyone in the schools - teachers, staff and students - has really cooperated in making this show possible. I am confident that this will be an effective communication tool and will prove to be very useful. We appreciate and commend the contributions by Time-Warner, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Deputy Scott Sweatt and his fellow School Resource Officers, as well as the support from the students, faculty and staff of Cumberland County Schools."

For more information contactStephanie Hardy, Public Information Officer Phone: (910) 677-5487 Pager: (910) 677-4313 Fax: (910) 677-5558.

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