School Resource Officer

Every school day

- at least 100,000 students bring guns to school.
- 160,000 students skip classes because they fear physical harm.
- 40 students are hurt or killed by firearms.
- 6,250 teachers are threatened with bodily injury.
- 260 teachers are physically assaulted.

What is a School Resource Officer?

A certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools.

The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related education teacher.

The SRO is not necessarily a DARE officer (although many have received such training), security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a crisis situation but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for his/her school.

The main goals of the School Resource Officer program are:

  • Reduced juvenile delinquency through close personal contact with students on a daily basis.
  • Bridge the gap between police officers and young people and increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement.
  • Teach the value of our legal system.
  • Promote respect for people and property.
  • Reduce juvenile crime by helping students formulate an awareness of the rules, authority and justice.
  • To take a personal interest in students and their activities.
  • To allow students access to the legal system.
  • To give students a realistic picture of our laws and legal system so they will have an investment in supporting and improving it.
  • Teach students how to avoid becoming a victim through self awareness and crime prevention.

What are the duties of School Resource Officer?

They are visible, active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law-related issues. The SRO is a classroom resource for instruction in the law related education, violence diffusion, safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention and other areas. They are a member of the faculty and administrative team working hand in hand to solve problems in the school community.

They serve as a resource for the students which will enable students to be associated with a law enforcement figure in the student's environment. They serve as a resource to teachers, parents, and students for conferences on an individual basis, dealing with individual problems or questions. Also, they can serve as a counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment, but may be of a law related nature. The SRO is also a liaison between the police department and helps provide community oriented policing services for the high school and the surrounding community.

Thomas Kieselback

Resource Officer

350 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078

Suffield Public Schools 350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
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