A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either an elementary, middle, or high school. The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement. The SRO position encompasses three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement. SRO’s are not just “cops” on campus. SRO’s provide all law enforcement duties on their campus. They educate the students by teaching law related classes and other related subjects in the classrooms and counsel both students and parents on various topics. The SRO becomes involved in the students’ lives as a positive role model. The intent is that the positive experiences students have with the SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime.
How do School Resource Officers Provide a Safe School Environment?
- Patrol school grounds, respond to calls for service in the area, and participate in juvenile enforcement missions to prevent juvenile delinquency
- Provide guidance on ethical issues in a classroom setting or informal settings
- Provide individual counseling and mentoring to students
- Give classroom presentations on the work of the SRO, the criminal justice system, and other related topics that help to build an understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community
- Participate in school-related events
Currently, we have two SRO’s assigned to the Hanahan Schools.
- PFC T. Dodd – Hanahan High School (7:30am-4:00pm)
- Ofc. J Gombar – Hanahan Middle School (7:30am-4:00pm)