Showing posts with label School Resource Officer Program. Show all posts
Showing posts with label School Resource Officer Program. Show all posts

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Campus police need to be team players

In my opinion, the pjstar did District 150 AND the general public a disservice when they ran the article on the campus police issue, without attempting to educate the public on the role of school resource officers in school turnaround. I mean really, are they trying to scare people, or what? I'm not an expert on what they do over on Wisconsin Ave., by any means, however, I do try to research and stay abreast of what is happening with the social giant that is the school turnaround process.

Some FACTS: Schools need campus police. Our schools are in the turnaround process. The changes are going to happen - they are mandated by the Department of Education.

Since the pjstar didn't bother to provide the info on SROs, let me give it a try. District 150 appears to be in the process of developing and implementing a School Resource Officer (SRO) program:

SRO Program Development

There are numerous unique challenges associated with SRO programs. Schools can be politically charged environments. There are limited amounts of funding and resources for both the police department and school system. In addition, there may be misunderstandings or mistrust by many individuals and groups concerning police officers being assigned to schools.

1. The first step in developing an SRO program is to complete an assessment. The school district must openly assess its security needs and look at the way they currently interact with the police department. When do schools call the police for assistance? How does the school report criminal offenses that occur on school property?

2. The next step is to identify those individuals who are the stakeholders in maintaining a safe school. Students, parents, school employees, community members and the police department must be brought in to discuss options in developing a partnership between the school district and law enforcement. At this point information and research on starting an SRO program should be presented to the interested parties.

3. If the School Resource Officer Program is believed to be the best option in providing police services to the school community, a project team should be assembled. The SRO project team should consist of representatives from the school system, police department and community groups.

4. At this point of the process several key issues must be explored. Who is going to pay for the School Resource Officers? What are the standard operating procedures and policies for the SRO program? How will we introduce the SRO into the school community?

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