School Resource Officer, Wissahickon School District & Juvenile Detective

Beth J. Sanborn joined the Lower Gwynedd Police force in 1997. Since then, she has served as a Field Training Officer, Officer in Charge (OIC), and currently serves as a School Resource Officer assigned to the Wissahickon School District. Since 2015, she assumed responsibility for all juvenile cases, earning her the title of Juvenile Detective.

Beth earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Widener University in 1996. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University in 2014. Most recently, Beth earned her Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from West Chester University in 2019. Her Doctoral dissertation is entitled “School Resource Officers as Mentor/Counselors, Including Levels of Intervention”. She actively volunteers with the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth and Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center.

Beth sits on the executive board for PASRO, the Pennsylvania Association of School Resource Officers, and is an instructor for NASRO, the National Association of School Resource Officers. She most recently was appointed to various committees at the International Center for Law Enforcement Studies.
Most recently, Beth created an educational webinar for parents, teachers, social services providers to teach indicators of drug use and abuse as well as other poor lifestyle choices among teens. The webinar stresses the importance of communication across the invested stakeholders in teen's lives so that we can identify a teen who may be in crisis and intervene before that crisis is reached. The webinar, entitled "Hidden, High & Hammered" showcases stash devices meant to conceal (Hidden); Vapes, CBD, THC and drug paraphernalia (High); and alcohol infused items meant to attract a younger audience (Hammered). The website is