School Resource Officers (SRO) are important partners for our school system and the community as they foster a peaceful and respectful learning environment for all students by developing and maintaining positive relationships with teachers and students that help prevent and reduce school violence. These on-duty City of Calhoun Police Officers work full-time at each of our three campuses as part of our partnership with the Calhoun Police Department.
"We are so excited to continue the strong partnership with Calhoun's Police Department. The Mayor and Council have shared the cost of our present SRO for the past several years and recognize that we are in need of additional support. We are extremely appreciative of this partnership. We have also designated each campus as a Calhoun Police Precinct to offer additional support and visibility of our community's local law enforcement. School safety is a shared responsibility by all of us. We appreciate our students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members all serving as a team to help keep our children safe.” Stated School Superintendent, Dr. Michele Taylor.
Sergeant Mark Waycaster
Sergeant Mark Waycaster, who began his career in law enforcement in 1995, has been with the Calhoun Police Department since 2006. He has been serving as the Calhoun City Schools’ SRO since 2014. Prior to being the School Resource Officer, he worked as a patrol officer and Assistant Commander for Calhoun Police Department’s Special Ops Division. Sergeant Waycaster and his wife Gayle have son, Cameron, who is a 2019 graduate of Calhoun High School.
Corporal Dawn Graham
Corporal Dawn Graham is currently in her seventeenth year with the Calhoun Police Department (ten years in the police clerical department, the last seven on patrol) working her way to the rank of Corporal. Graham’s favorite thing about working in law enforcement is, without a doubt, being able to help people. Dawn believes that having morals, respect for others and working hard will get you far in life. Dawn grew up in Calhoun and graduated from Gordon Central High School in 2001. She is married to Andy Graham, an electrician, and together they have two children: Jack Graham, an upcoming senior at Central High in Hamilton County, Tennessee and Madelyn Burch, an upcoming fifth grader at Calhoun Elementary.