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The Role of the School Resource Officer

Building a Foundation:

Funding the Program

As with any new program, adequate funding can be an issue. The SRO project team must explore the many funding options available.

Typically, School Resource Officer Programs are funded through federal grants from the Department of Justice, such as the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) in Schools Program. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in 2000, the COPS in Schools Program awarded 68 million dollars in grants to hire 599 SROs in 289 communities across the nation. In addition to the COPS in Schools program, the OJJDP gas funded SRO programs through crime prevention block grants.

The SRO project team can also explore grants or other types of funding that may be available through state or local agencies. Focusing on the crime prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention aspect of successfully implemented School Resource Officer programs is one way of extending funding options. The project team can also suggest that the school system or police department independently fund the School Resource Officer Program. It is suggested that the project team meet with representatives from law enforcement agencies who have experience establishing SRO programs to learn how they funded their programs and to review their grant applications. Once funding options are located, the project team needs to communicate their findings back to the school system or police department. At that point the budget and financial officials from the school system and police department will to evaluate the grant obligations and requirements.

Related Tutorial: Keys to Write a Successful Grant Proposal

Follow Up Questions:

What other funding options may be available for SRO programs? Are there any benefits or conflicts with the police department taking sole responsibility for funding the program?








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