School Resource Officers
Overview & Duties
The primary function of the School Resource Officers (SRO) is to maintain a safe, orderly, and secure atmosphere at the school.
The major responsibilities of the School Resource Officers are:
- Law Enforcement on campus
- Educational Programs
- Public Relations
- Guidance Services
Purpose of Uniformed Officers
One of the main reasons for having uniformed officers on a school campus is to offer students the opportunity to become personally acquainted with a police officer. The relationship fostered between the uniformed officer and secondary school students can generate respect, trust, and appreciation for all officers. This also breaks down the negative stereotype many teenagers have of the police. A uniformed officer who is trained, understanding, fair and sincere can build a good rapport among students and the police.
Location of SRO
The SRO is not located on school campuses to serve as a school official. School affairs are supervised by designated school personnel. The SRO assigned to the school is available for advice, assistance and consultation. However, those matters which are the exclusive concern of the school administration are referred rather than handled by the officer. Infractions of school rules, as opposed to violations of the law, will normally be handled by school officials. By maintaining this clear distinction of jurisdiction, the rights, duties and privileges of the school authorities are not undermined by the program. The school disciplinary process functions without police interference.
Acting as a Resource
The School Resource Officer Program is designed to facilitate student pride toward the school, assist the school administration in maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning and provide professional police services in an informative and educational manner. The officer is there to act as a resource person, to assist any student or educator with the resolution of problems coming within the purview of the officer. Whenever problems occur at school, the officer is immediately available to take needed action.