The School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is trained to performthe following three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related education teacher. The SRO is not necessarily a DARE officer, security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a emergency crisis, but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for his or her school.
Implemented in 2000
The School Resource Officer (SRO) position was started by the Dixon Police Department in 2000. The SRO position was originaly funded by the COPS federal grant to help prevent school violence. During this time, the United States suffered the loss of students who fell victim to school shootings, which led to the evolution of the SRO. The School Resource Officer's main responsiblity is the safety of the students and staff at the schools. Even though the School Resource Officers have offices at their designated schools and spend the majority of their work day at those schools, they are still full time sworn officers with the Department. The SRO must work closely with the students and staff while acting as a liason for the police department.
Duties of the School Resource Officer
Every child is different and changes in moods or attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits, and changes in hobbies or other interests are common teenage behaviors. Some of these changes may also indicate drug use. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your kids. You can also feel free to send me an e-mail and I will respond as soon as possible.
Behaviors to look for
You may notice, and perhaps dismiss some of the things in the list below. While no one item signals drug use, all are signs to look for. If several have happened in your family, there may be a greater cause for concern.
Things to watch for
The best defense is a good offense. Stay in touch with your child's friends. Invite them to your house and observe their behavior. Are they comfortable around adults? Are they unusually secretive?
Take time to listen (really listen) to your kid's music.
Ask questions of your kids or check for a description of the type of message a particular group gives. You can check the words at the following web site: http://www.lyrics.com.
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