School Resource Officers
Working To Keep Our Kids Safe
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is responsible for many different roles within his/her school:
- The SRO is vital in problem-solving with the school's administrative team and serves as a link between the school and community
- The SRO is a classroom resource for students, teachers, administrators and parents
- The SRO provides students with a positive role model and a balanced view of law enforcement
- The SRO is a proactive law enforcement officer dealing with law related issues on campus
Problem Solving & Community Link
SROs and school administrators work closely with the students and are extensively trained at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to deal with problems and conflicts. Getting the right kind of help to students who need it is the SRO's top priority. SROs are a resource to citizens who may have questions or problems relating to students.
The SRO is available as a guest speaker or as a resource to the classrooms within his/her school. A few examples of law enforcement-related topics include Juvenile, Criminal and Constitutional Laws, Search and Seizure, Driving Laws, Personal Safety, Conflict Resolution and Substance Abuse.
Positive guidance is a focal point of this program. SROs have the opportunity to leave lasting impressions on the local youth. The SROs are approachable, able to build a rapport with students and become a source for questions and advice.
SROs are fully sworn peace officers whose training maximizes their effectiveness in the schools to which they are assigned. The SRO's school is no different than any other patrol beat. Whether it is disorderly conduct, theft or assault, the SRO is there to handle it quickly and professionally.
The School Resource Officer is not a disciplinarian but is first and foremost a law enforcement officer and is to be notified in the event of a state law or city ordinance violation.
They may also be notified upon any questions that a member of the community may have.