Police School Liaison
Students & School Administration
Having the opportunity to work closely with students and staff is one of the biggest benefits of the Police School Liaison program. With students, it gives the School Resource Officer (SRO) an opportunity to meet with an individual student or small group to discuss student's law-related concerns relative to home, school, or community. Monitor individual student's behavior and academic progress. Mentor students and facilitate groups of students discussing youth issues such as drugs, alcohol, or violence.
With the school administration, SROs serve on school-district wide committees, assist with program planning, and help develop policy in regards to school safety. Officers also serve on Building Consultation Team to develop strategies to assist students. They can also serve as a resource to administrators and teachers for law-related questions and instruct at teacher in-service.
The SROs have numerous responsibilities, with the most important assignment being school safety. On a daily basis, SROs patrol the school grounds and building, especially during lunch hour and before and after school. They:
- Deter loitering on school grounds
- Handle any disturbances that occur involving disruptive or violent students
- Investigate suspected illegal drug activity
- Provide emergency medical service for the ill or injured
- Suppress gang activity
Officers will also work extra-curricular activities, (e.g. dances, sporting events) to monitor student behavior. Also, deter smoking violations on campus or in surrounding neighborhoods. SROs will also work with the school administration in the exercise of school discipline to maintain a safe school environment.
Prevention & Community
School Resource Officers also take a proactive approach by teaching prevention to students and staff. This includes class presentations to deter delinquent behavior, organize special youth programming, and work with local businesses directly affected by school day operations to minimize student disruption. These officers will also give presentations to local civic groups and parent-teacher organizations about youth-related issues.