FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: What is a School Resource Officer?
A: 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. SRO’s are a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district.
Q: Are the schools so bad that we need an officer there fulltime?
A: 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.
Q: Why would an officer talk to my child?
A: 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.
Q: How can school administration and staff benefit from a School Resource Officer?
A: 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.
Q: As a student, how do I know I can trust the School Resource Officer?
A: 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 equal application of the law.