School Resource

We are fortunate to have a safe school system in Allegany County where students and faculty can concentrate on education. Within the city, there are:
There are also two private schools, Bishop Walsh and Lighthouse Christian Academy.
Pfc. Jeremy Hedrick
K-9 Ralf


A priority of the Cumberland Police Department is visible patrols in the city schools. CPD officers also maintain school crossings for elementary students at heavily-traveled intersections.

School Resource Officers

Since 2001 the department has participated in the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Pfc. Jeremy Hedrick is nationally-certified School Resource Officer.  Pfc. Hedrick has an excellent working relationship with both students and administration, often being called upon to provide instruction and training to students on safety, career choices and drug awareness. SRO’s frequently provide professional development training to school administrators and staff as well as awareness instruction for parents and civic groups.

K-9 Ralf and Pfc. Hedrick continue to work in each of the schools as a proactive effort to discourage drugs from being brought to school. K-9 Ralf is trained in narcotics detection and accompanies Pfc. Hedrick in his duties at the various schools. K-9 Ralf is able to detect controlled dangerous substances inside the facilities as well as the parking lots. This has been a great partnership between the Board of Education and the Cumberland Police Department to keep our schools drug free.

The School Resource Officer continue to support the School Safety Patrols in all three elementary schools. The program continues to be an asset to students, teachers and School Resource Officers. The interest by students to participate in this program has increased significantly over the years and is one of the most sought after positions by eligible students.