The Transformative Role School Resource Personnel Have in Reopening Public Schools
July 8, 2020
Public schools were created to provide safe learning environments to evaluate issues that could impact a student’s welfare or impede their success. As we look to reopen schools this fall, keeping in mind COVID-19, racial and mental health concerns, school districts must rethink the role of the school resource officers and school security personnel.
This webinar focuses on the responsibilities of the SRO that are not just aligned to enforcement, such as playing a pivotal role in cultivating a positive and supportive school culture. The webinar will focus on critical issues and the need for investment in proper training/resources for SROs to help rebuild trust and reshape how they are viewed by students and staff, and the community.
NSBA AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL ARTICLE:
Crime and Punishment
Crime & Punishment (nsba.org)
As a new wave of the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, many schools are considering how school resource officers contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline. In this story, ASBJ examines several stakeholders and school boards weigh their options and attempt to make the best decision for their communities.
ACLU Report - Cops and No Counselors: How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff is Harming Students
This report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reviews state-level student-to-school-based mental health personnel ratios as well as data concerning law enforcement in schools.
COPS Office (usdoj.gov) - Supporting Safe Schools
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.
The COPS Office supports safe schools by providing grant funds, technical assistance, and resources to help deploy school resource officers (SROs). Learn more about SROs and all its projects and resources that support school safety.
D.A.R.E. America’s mission is to teach students good decision-making skills and help them lead safe and healthy lives. Founded in 1983 as a program of the Los Angeles Police Department, D.A.R.E. (drug abuse resistance education) was soon adopted by cities across the nation, becoming an independent nonprofit in 1989. Today, D.A.R.E. has a presence in more than 70 percent of the nation's school districts and in forty-three countries. In the past few years, it has expanded its mission beyond drug prevention to focus on protecting students from other dangerous behaviors, while in 2009, the organization implemented a new middle and junior high school curriculum.
National Association of School Resource Officers (nasro.org)
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is dedicated to making schools and children safer by providing the highest quality training to school-based law enforcement officers.
NASRO, the world’s leader in school-based policing, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security and/or safety professionals who work as partners to protect schools and their students, faculty, and staff members.
National Association of School Resource Officers - SRO FAQs
NASRO’s frequently asked questions about the School Resource Officers
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) - Case Studies of 19 School Resource Officer (SRO) Programs
the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. This report compiles 19 case studies on SRO programs.