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The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while on school grounds, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at safety, prevention, and law enforcement.
The SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law-related issues. SROs are a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district.
No, Lodi Schools are some of the safest schools in the county. The role of the School Resource Officer is not just law enforcement; it is to bridge the gap between police and youth and to open the lines of communication.
The problem-solving process is enhanced when mutual respect is shared between the youth and the police. Open conversations are the key to creating an atmosphere of trust.
Having a full-time officer dedicated to the school allows teachers and staff the opportunity to access a reliable resource concerning law enforcement and public safety issues on campus and in the community.
The success of the School Resource Officer Program is based on a strong relationship with the youth. Consistency and fairness are priorities as well as the equal application of the law.