The SRO functions as the Chief of Police's designee when assigned or when the Chain of Command dictates the same. The below job description details typical tasks of the position, but is not intended to be all-inclusive.
The SRO should promote the profession of police officer and be a positive role model.
The SRO should strive to increase the visibility and accessibility of police to the school
-The School Resource Officer serves many purposes. Three major parts of the job are:
Law Enforcement: The SRO enforces the law occurs when it is necessary. The SRO is required to investigate crime and take people to court or make arrests. In the absence of crime in our schools more time can be spent concentrating on positive and productive things.
Education: The SRO will be a guest speaker in the classrooms. Classes are given on subjects such as: the effects of drugs on the body, legal and school consequences for getting caught with illegal substances, domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, conflict resolution, etc. The SRO should also be available to help students with individual projects.
C. Specialized Counseling: The SRO is at school to answer student's questions and help them with their problems at school or at home.
-Some of the other SRO's duties are:
Establishing and maintaining a close partnership with school administrators and other school personnel in order to provide for a safe school environment.
Serving as a role model to students.
Deterring misconduct through prevention and intervention.
Assisting the school administration when others commit acts of violence or other crimes.
Serving as the liaison between the police department and the school.
Assisting staff with classroom activities involving instruction on various criminal justice/crisis issues.
Assisting with security, safety and crisis planning of schools and their grounds.
Assisting school officials with their efforts to enforce school committee policies
Sustaining the reality that our school is a safe learning environment.
Providing teacher and staff training.
Acting as a resource to parents.
Providing alcohol and other drug resistance education and prevention.
Providing career counseling to students interested in the law enforcement field.
Assisting in making appropriate referrals to service agencies, etc when necessary
Being visible, proactive, available, and professional within the school community and with student interactions.