The August Department of Public Safety (ADPS), in cooperation with Unified School District #402 (Augusta), was awarded a grant in 1999 to create a position for a dedicated officer to be placed within the Augusta Senior High School. The officer, referred to as a School Resource Officer or "SRO," is a full-time commissioned officer whose primary assignment and responsibility falls within a school. In 2019, Safety Officer Matt Meckel was assigned as the School Resource Officer for Augusta. SRO Meckel spends his days in the school bonding with students, resolving problems, and addressing safety concerns within the schools of Augusta.
In addition, SRO Meckel is responsible for coordinating and organizing "Operation Sober Prom," each year. This program is designed to remind students about the dangers of drinking and driving. The program utilizes a simulated motor vehicle accident scene. Emergency equipment responds, with red lights and sirens as they would in real life. Rescue crews extricate fellow class members from the wreckage and one fellow student is portrayed as deceased. The event always draws the crowd to an immediate silence and tears can be detected from students on occasion. The program is designed to be as close to the real thing as possible, in an attempt to remind students of the consequences of such actions.
During the summer months, when school is not in session, SRO Meckel reverts back to duties of a regular Public Safety Officer providing coverage for the patrol and fire divisions.