School Resource Officer
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a sworn law enforcement officer who is assigned to work in collaboration with one or more schools. SROs are assigned by their employing police department, agency, or sheriff's department to this specific, community-oriented patrol duty. A successful SRO program is focused on building healthy relationships between law enforcement and members of the school district to benefit individual students and the greater community. The Weathersfield Local School District is proud to partner with our township police department to ensure two officers are on campus at all times during school hours.
What does an SRO do?
- Act as a first responder who is integrated into the district's emergency planning.
- Act as a mentor or counselor for students.
- Serve as the first line of defense in a school.
- Serve as an informal educator who can help provide important information to students, parents, and staff.
- Conduct criminal investigations and make arrests if needed.
- Assist and monitor a crisis situation to keep students and school employees safe before additional law enforcement officers arrive.
- Maintain a presence in hallways and cafeterias, and at after-school events, to interact with students and build relationships within the school and community.