School Safety and Climate

Role of the SRO:

  • Prevent juvenile delinquency and promote positive student behavior
  • Build relationships with students in assigned school
  • Work closely with parents, students, and members of the community
  • Provide knowledge about law enforcement and laws to students, families, SDoL, and school communities
  • Promote a positive and safe school environment/culture
  • Solicit input from other officers, school staff, students, parents and community members on ways to create a safer school environment

The SRO role is not:

  • The SRO is not a school disciplinarian
  • The SRO is not to be involved in the enforcement of disciplinary infractions that do not constitute violations of the law
  • The SRO is not to be used as a behavioral management strategy in a classroom or building environment or to “enforce” good student behavior that should otherwise be the responsibility of a teacher or administrator.

Example Duties of the School Resource Officer:

  1. To prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact with students, families and school staff.
  2. Act as a liaison with school staff, students, parents and school community members.
  3. Promote positive lawful citizen actions among students.
  4. Provide law and safety training to school staff, students, parents and school community members, including, school based human service staff from community based organizations.
  5. Participate in school activities, student organizations and athletic events when feasible.
  6. Assist other law enforcement officers with outside investigations concerning students attending the school in which the SRO is assigned.
  7. Act as a liaison with juvenile probation when feasible.
  8. Encourage individual and small group discussions about law enforcement and safety related matters with students, faculty, and parents.
  9. Refrain completely from functioning as a school disciplinarian. The SRO is not to be involved in the enforcement of disciplinary infractions that do not constitute violations of the law.
  10. Assist in creating a school culture of empathy and structure best suited to meet student needs.
  11. Provide students with strategies for improvement as related to juvenile delinquency and juvenile delinquency prevention