School Resource Officer Program
The School Resource Officer Program (SRO) is a successful partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). The program has expanded from two officers in 1997, to at least one officer in every high school and middle school. Currently, there are 63 SROs assigned to BCPS middle and high schools.
The SRO Program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. School Resource Officers receive specialized training given by the National Association of School Resource Officers. The basic TRIAD concept, which signifies the philosophy of the school resource officer program, dictates that officers are teachers, counselors, and law enforcers.
SROs as Teachers
As teachers, officers are ad-hoc members of the staff and are responsible for the following:
- Provide law-related education to students
- High school SROs act as guest speakers when needed to assist in teaching law-related classes
- Middle school SROs teach the D.A.R.E. program. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program and G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program
- Provide law enforcement and community service information to students, parents and staff
- Work closely with their school-based counselors to ensure each student receives proper guidance
SROs are required to do the following:
- Dress in full uniform
- Drive marked police vehicles
- Be in constant radio contact with precinct personnel
SROs as Law Enforcers
As law enforcers, it is an officer's duty to:
- Investigate crimes
- Make arrests
- Patrol communities near their schools
SROs do not handle school-based disciplinary issues; that is the exclusive responsibility of the school-based administrator.
2013 to 2014 School Year
The amount of work performed by the current SROs has been nothing short of remarkable. During the 2013 to 2014 school year, SROs:
- Wrote 1,941 reports
- Have taken over 1,196 enforcement actions
- Taught over 2,913 law-related lessons
- Have had over 51,884 formal and informal counseling or mentoring contacts with students
This contributes to the SRO being a positive role model for students, building relationships, and bridging the gap between youth and law enforcement.
'Model SRO Agency'
This program has received national acclaim by the National Association of School Resource Officers. The Baltimore County Police Department has been recognized as a “Model SRO Agency.”
For additional information, email Sergeant Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-887-6487.
Revised February 13, 2015