Safety and Security

Contact Information:

OFFICE: (772) 429-4645
FAX: (772) 429-3627

About Us

The Safety & Security Department is comprised of professional School Safety Officers and Specialists who are also Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers and Deputy Sheriffs.  We provide professional security services and serve as liaisons with the School Resource Deputies and Officers who are assigned to St. Lucie District Schools and St. Lucie District Charter Schools. ALL of our District School Safety Officers are committed to continuously enhancing safety and security measures in order to maintain safe, caring, and predictable schools.

Visiting a School?

We do understand that though it may seem inconvenient or even extreme in some cases, the procedures in place for visiting St. Lucie District Schools and Charter Schools are there to ensure the safety and security of the students, staff, and public who are on our campuses.  Please follow all the security directions by personnel, administration, officers and signs while visiting.

To make your experience more effective and positive, we ask that you take into consideration the following tips:

  • Know your student’s legal name, school, and teacher’s name (if possible)

  • Be on the list

    Be sure you are already on the approved/authorized parent/guardian/pick-up list.  The school personnel cannot share ANY information or allow you to have ANY access to the student without being on this list. This especially includes student reunification following a school evacuation event.

  • Drive slowly and cautiously while on campus and within the school zones

  • Please park your vehicle in an appropriate parking space

    and not in any areas designated for emergency responders, fire lanes, buses, NO PARKING, etc.. Do not block any gates or access roads.

  • ALWAYS check-in at the front office/reception area and please have your government issued identification ready to present, if you intend to do any of the following:

    • Access the campus beyond the front reception area for ANY purpose
    • Deliver supplies, lunch, monies, homework, etc.
    • Attend lunch, class project, school program
    • Conduct any volunteer services as an already authorized volunteer
    • Conduct any contractor repair, maintenance, or construction services
  • Make an appointment

    We know your time is important, so if you wish to meet specifically with any school personnel (administrators, staff, or teachers) you must make an appointment, so they can ensure the proper time has been allotted to address your concerns.

  • If you have any other questions involving access, please call the school before making the trip to be sure you have everything you need.


Safety/Security Duties and Responsibilities

The Safety/Security Department’s certified law enforcement officers provide professional security services and serve as liaisons with the school resource deputies/officers assigned to district schools. Safety Officers are committed to enhancing our security measures in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment.

  • Respond to calls for service from schools, buses, bus stops, other district facilities.
  • Coordinate law enforcement assignments and provide security at athletic events.
  • Provide security at meetings and at special events.
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure a safe school environment.
  • Evaluate existing procedures, and safety and security systems to determine their effectiveness and to implement improvements when necessary.
  • Conduct regular and random close patrols and directed patrols of schools and district facilities.
  • Coordinate and assist with emergency drills at district and charter school campuses and facilities.
  • Coordination and emergency planning with local law enforcement, first responders, emergency management, and public safety communication centers.
  • Assist law enforcement with criminal investigations and other issues involving the school district.
  • Assist district departments and schools with safety and security issues/concerns.
  • Assist the District Transportation Department in maintaining safe and secure transportation for all students riding buses.
  • Provide technical assistance and on-going staff training and safety and security procedures and protocols.
  • Collaborate with systems engineers and technicians to maintain the security camera systems at all schools and facilities.
  • Utilize the security camera system to identify safety concerns, and to investigate security issues and criminal incidents.
  • Provide equipment checks on emergency communications devices.
  • Issue employee and contractor identification badges.


Chief Brian E. Reuther, L.E. / MPA, MS-HS
Director, Safety & Security Dept.
(772) 429-4645

Deputy Chief Troy Church, L.E. / MPA
Coordinator, Safety & Security Dept.
(772) 429-4645

Janet Pederson
Executive Assistant, Safety & Security Dept.
(772) 429-4645


Heather Cassara, L.E.

Robert Curry, L.E. / MCJA

Ami Gibbons, L.E.

Taryn Pack, L.E.

Ken Rodriguez, L.E.

Frank Sabol, L.E.

Frank Sisto, L.E.

Mail Couriers

Tim Barrett

Eric McKay