The SRO Program places deputies in schools in an effort to create and maintain a safe learning environment. The SRO's first duty is that of a sworn police officer, investigating crimes and activities associated with criminal behavior. However, they are not "campus police," but rather "police on campus" who promote a positive image through interaction with students, parents, teachers and administrators. We recognize that our youth are our future. We take a proactive approach with the schools to identify at risk youth, try to intervene with appropriate action plans, build healthy and trusting relationships, and encourage a forward looking approach to deal with the pressures today's young people face.
Roles of the School Resource Officer (SRO)
School Resource Officers provide presentations on law-related topics. The emphasis of these presentations is on educating students about the law and their roles in society as law-abiding citizens. SROs are also available to speak on law enforcement to students and parents and to provide ongoing training to administrators and faculty.
School Resource Officers counsel students on a variety of issues, including anger control, personal conflicts, social media and texting hazards, drug and alcohol concerns, physical abuse and neglect and other matters that are in some way connected with the law. SROs work closely with school principals, counselors, social workers and psychologists to provide appropriate levels of information and student support.
Law Enforcement Officer
School Resource Officers conduct criminal investigations and make arrests utilizing the same criteria as a patrol officer. The SRO works with school administrators, parents and the juvenile justice system to hold offenders accountable for their actions while not clogging the justice system with cases that could be resolved within the school by alternative means.