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
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
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?