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:
- To prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact with students, families and school staff.
- Act as a liaison with school staff, students, parents and school community members.
- Promote positive lawful citizen actions among students.
- Provide law and safety training to school staff, students, parents and school community members, including, school based human service staff from community based organizations.
- Participate in school activities, student organizations and athletic events when feasible.
- Assist other law enforcement officers with outside investigations concerning students attending the school in which the SRO is assigned.
- Act as a liaison with juvenile probation when feasible.
- Encourage individual and small group discussions about law enforcement and safety related matters with students, faculty, and parents.
- 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.
- Assist in creating a school culture of empathy and structure best suited to meet student needs.
- Provide students with strategies for improvement as related to juvenile delinquency and juvenile delinquency prevention