School Resource Officer (SRO) program is the next
step in Community Oriented Policing (COP). The SRO is an
asset used by the community and the school in an attempt
to address situations in the lives of students in a forum
other than the judicial system.
School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a
nationally accepted program involving the placement of a
law enforcement officer within the educational
environment. The officer, while in school, is involved in
a variety of functions aimed at prevention. Besides being
an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is
a resource for students, parents, teachers and
administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the
SRO is being a link to other service agencies, which
provide preventive and counseling services within the
school district. Working hand in hand with the Principal
in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to
problems affecting school age children.
SRO program is a proactive approach to deal with
the pressures today's young people find themselves having
to confront. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, and
tobacco, along with peer pressure, gang activity, and sex.
These situations are not only in the schools, but in the
community as well. The approach of addressing these issues
only in the school, or only in the community, has not been
completely effective. Traditionally, police and school did
not interact until one called upon the other.