A school doesn't have to have serious problems in order to have a School
Resource Officer nor does it mean that a school has serious problems if it has
an SRO. Rather, having an SRO may help prevent a wide variety of problems from
arising or from getting worse in the future. Do your schools have School
What is the School Resource
The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted and
widely used program which places specially-trained law enforcement officers
in elementary-, middle- and high school settings. Besides being a positive
role model for the students and a law enforcement officer, the SRO is a
resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators regarding many
issues including, but not limited to, issues related to law and justice.
What Does the School Resource
School Resource Officers (SROs) are involved in prevention efforts at the
school and in the community and provide a link between the school and social
service agencies in the community which provide education, prevention, and
counseling services. Working with administrators in each school, the SRO
assists with finding solutions to problems affecting the students.
The SRO program is a proactive approach dealing with such issues as the
use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, in addition to dealing with peer
pressure, gang activity, and sex. SROs work alone and as part of a team
consisting of teachers, parents, students, and school administrators.
Depending upon the issue at hand, members of the health care community,
faith community, business sector, and others may participate as part of the
team in order to best address any given issue.
One of the most important aspects of the SRO program is the ability of
the officer to develop teamwork in fighting many problems that students of
today are facing.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, School Resource Officers
investigate crimes occurring within the school and on school property, and
foster the creation of a link between law enforcement and the students.
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