The School Resource Officer (SRO) program follows the nationally recognized SRO model and places a uniformed law enforcement officer in the school to serve as a resource to students and staff. The program focuses on preventing delinquency, deterring crime and drug abuse, discouraging gang activity, and stopping violence. Program goals are to enhance safety and security in and around schools and surrounding communities, to promote positive choices among young people, and to improve interactions between schools and criminal justice agencies. Programs must clearly demonstrate the potential to significantly enhance safety and security in and around schools and surrounding communities. Prior to entering the SRO program, officers undergo 40 hours of special training in areas such as functioning as a police officer in the school setting, working as a resource and problem solver, and the development of teaching skills. The officer must have competed basic training and all update/continuing education training required by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) under MPOETC regulations and enabling legislation.
PCCD administers the SRO program through a subgrant program to agencies seeking to implement or expand School Resource Officer programs in their jurisdictions.