In light of many school shootings parents, teachers, and lawmakers have shown a renewed interest in the prevalence of police officers in schools. More than two-thirds of high school students already attend schools that have an officer present. Schools continue to be a microcosm of the community. Police in schools can create safe spaces for students to learn and deter students from crime and other problematic behavior.
School resource officers like teachers are leaders in the community with the responsibility to prepare and assist our children. This program is designed to help police officers, supervisors, administrators, and other helping professionals understand the dynamics of working on the school campus as a resource person. The School Resource Officer is more than school safety but an extension of community policing.
Establishing Basic Responsibilities
During this period, we will discuss creating a memorandum of understanding establishing clear guidelines of what is expected of the school resource officer, school security, and the school administrator.
Who Make the Best School Resource Officer?
During this time, we will discuss essential characteristics to become a school resource officer and the selection process.
During this period, we will discuss potential ethical solutions that occur on the school campus.
Current Crime Trends
During the time allotted, we will discuss current crime trends involving juvenile offenders.
Kids commit a myriad of crimes and come to school. During this period, we will discuss the importance of collaborating with court services, social services, and the prosecutor's office.
School resource officers represent the first line of defense for safety. During this period will discuss challenges student present with school safety.
Drug, Alcohol, and Discipline
Private, middle and high school students have learned how to obtain alcohol, marijuana, meth, or prescription drugs and often bring those items to the school campus. During this period will discuss drug use and discipline procedures.
Critical Incidents/Active Shooter/Emergency Management
The Columbine High School massacre caused schools to take an active role in threat assessments on school campuses. During this period, we will discuss how to implement best practices assessing threat management, responding to active shooters, and the need for emergency planning.
Risk Management and School Case Laws
With guidelines set by new legislation, schools have standards by which to create or measure effective school plans. During this period we will discuss the importance of knowing appropriate case laws to limit potential liability for school resource officers.
Dealing with Special Needs Students
The law requires that children with disabilities must be provided with support services that assist them in benefitting educationally from their instructional programs. During this period, we will discuss the School Resources Officer’s role in respecting this law. Additionally, we will examine dealing with mentally challenged students and the knowledge of de-escalation.
Gang involvement is on the rise. Reports show that gangs are present in every state. Boys are more involved in gangs than girls. However, girl gangs are rapidly increasing. During this period, we will discuss the current trends involving gang activity, and share some strategies to control membership.
Supervising School Resource Officers
Not understanding how school resource officer program works can lead to distortion and misrepresentation of the facts. During this period, we will discuss how effective programs are a huge part of the community policing philosophy.
Recovery After A Major Incident
School traumas like witnessing a shooting can bring on different kinds of grief and distress. Symptoms might be slower to show up or take much longer to get over. During this period we will discuss different procedures and strategies to help the school population deal with the aftermath of a violent episode at school.
- The student will be able identify the important characteristics of a school resource officer.
- The student will be able to explain five current trends on school campuses.
- The student will be able to understand the importance of safety planning, and threat assessments.
Who should attend?
Current and future school resource candidates, school security, patrol officers, drug and gang detectives, supervisors, police and school administrators, court services personnel, juvenile probation officers, social services, and school board members.