School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer Program is fundamentally a Community Policing Program that encompasses a triad approach to Law Enforcement in the school setting. The primary job of the SRO is Law Enforcement, but in addition to the duties of a police officer, the SRO must also be able to provide Law Related Education, and serve as counselor when needed.
The goals of the SRO program in Carrollton are to:
- Increase the safety and security of the Schools.
- Reduce school crime and violence.
- Provide Law Related Education.
- Promote awareness of the duties and responsibilities of the police.
- Act as a liaison between the school and law enforcement.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS PROGRAMS:
Drugs and Alcohol Prevention: Target Groups 4th - 12th grade
- Discussion of different types of drugs & huffing; alcohol-group participation encouraged.
- Work with S.A.D.D. at the High School level on drug and alcohol awareness.
- Assist S.A.D.D. with Middle School program involving the same issues.
- Alcohol Awareness Seminar during Prom Time for 11th and 12th grade.
- Mock Crash Demonstration Prom time - " Day of the Dead"
Personal Choices/Proper Behavior in School:
- Target Elementary and Middle School students.
Science and Policing-Forensics: 5th Grade
- Crime Scene scenarios (a week long program) where students investigate a crime and follow up on the whole investigation in solving the crime.
- Evidence gathering.
- Crime solving.
Officers are your Friends: Target Kindergarten and 1st grade.
- Meet your Officer.
- Explain the officer's uniform and duty belt.
What is 9-1-1: Target group 2nd grade
- How to use 9-1-1.
- What 9-1-1 can do for you.
- Practice calling with a simulated 9-1-1 phone.
- Make emergency contact list for your refrigerator.
Work with school social workers for group discussions on Date Rape Prevention/Sexual Harassment: Target group Middle School and High School
- Group discussions.
- Video Education.
- Criminal charges if necessary.
- Assist the schools in referring cases to crisis intervention, school disciplinary problems, and truancy, FIA.
- Make referrals to the courts against students or parents on truancy issues.
- Home visits with school and social workers to at risk homes.
- Allow parents the opportunity to become familiar with the SRO Program, and for the SRO to answer questions about law related issues such as truancy, etc.
- Assist Principals with parent meeting reference child behavior issues.
Advisory Sessions with Students:
- Allow the student to ask questions about law related issues such as traffic laws, driver's license, family issues and problems at school.
- Meet with students reference behavior issues they are having at school and the consequences they could be facing if the behavior continues.
Drug Searches: Target All Schools and Parking Lots:
- Assist K-9 Drug units in searches of school and vehicles.