Our school resource officers (SROs) are carefully selected, highly trained, and properly equipped full-time law enforcement officers with sworn law enforcement authority. They are trained by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) in school-based law enforcement and crisis intervention response (CIT), assigned by the respective department to work in the State College Area School District (SCASD) using community-oriented policing concepts.
Every SRO has completed and is certified through NASRO in both Basic and Advanced SRO Training and Adolescent Mental Health Training. They continue to attend School Safety Conferences to stay current in areas such as School Violence, Lessons Learned, Active Shooter, Threat and Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention, Community Violence, Responding to students in crisis, Cultural Diversity/Competence, Implicit Bias, Conflict De-escalation/Resolution, and Community Oriented Policing.
The goal of the SRO program is to provide a safe learning environment within SCASD, while also providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with students, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting young people and protecting all individuals. SROs use a “triad concept” to define the three main roles of school resource officers: Educator (i.e., guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.
SROs follow NASRO’s best practices and do not arrest or get involved with students for disciplinary issues that would have otherwise been handled by teachers and/or administrators if the SROs were not in use. The SRO does not enforce school rules and behavioral expectations. Instead, SCASD administration handles classroom management and school disciplinary situations.
Additionally, SROs mentor students to avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system. SRO’s work to divert students to community resources, intervention programs, and alternatives in community justice.
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