School Resource Officer (SRO) Program
The SRO Program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The School Resource Officer Program (SRO) is a successful partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore County Public School System.
Over the past few years, the program has expanded from two officers in 1997 to at least one officer in every high school and one in all but seven middle schools. This was accomplished by combining the School Programs Team with the SRO program. The middle school SROs also teach the D.A.R.E. program.
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
- Act as guest speakers when needed
- 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 do not handle school-based disciplinary issues; that is the exclusive responsibility of the school-based administrator.
SROs as Law Enforcers
As law enforcers, it is an officer's duty to:
- Investigate crimes
- Make arrests
- Patrol communities near their schools
SROs are required to do the following:
- Dress in full uniform
- Drive marked police vehicles
- Be in constant radio contact with precinct personnel
This is all part of being a positive role model for the students. The program has also received national acclaim. In July 2004, the National Association of School Resource Officers recognized the Baltimore County Police Department as a “Model SRO Agency.”
Revised January 13, 2015