A School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) is a law enforcement official who has a community policing role in one or more schools. Although the job involves creating safer environments for children, it is not just about enforcing the law.
S.R.O.'s maintain a partnership with school districts. The S.R.O.'s take an active role in policing schools, which means dealing with both internal and external crimes. For example, SRO's may have to handle an unwanted trespasser on the school campus or handle criminal offenses. The SRO's should be a visible presence in and around the school, helping administrators create a secure and safe environment for students, teachers, and the wider community. This will involve everyday tasks such a patrolling the campus and managing traffic at the start and end of the school day.
Education is an important part of a school resource officer, particularly of teaching children to keep themselves safe. SRO's will help them learn about the criminal justice system and the role of the police as well as issues such as the use of alcohol and drugs, safe driving, personal safety and crime prevention. SRO's educate children in class by giving presentations or run community service projects, special classes or clubs. The SRO's also have the responsibility to the school community, so SRO's will work with staff and parents to help them understand the issues their children may face.
SRO's must be a positive role model for the students. The SRO's must be able to build a professional rapport with the children and adults, combining law enforcement skills with the ability to educate and give guidance.
Alpine Vista School
Cherry Avenue Middle School
Los Tules Middle School
Live Oak Middle School
Alice G. Mulchay Middle School
Tulare Western High School
Tulare Union High School
Mission oak High School
Tech Prepatory High School
The Tulare Police Department has two S.R.O.'s that split up days during the week to cover all six schools twice a week. We also have four S.R.O.'s that are assigned to each of the four High Schools within the city. In total the six S.R.O.'s service over 5,700 students within the school district.
Questions about School Resource Officers duties, please contact:
Sgt. Ed Hinojosa (559)684-4249
260 "M" Street
Tulare, CA 93274
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