School Resource Officer (SRO) Program
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. For the 2009-2010 school year, there are 63 SROs in our 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.
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.
As teachers, officers are ad-hoc members of the staff and provide law-related education to students. They act as guest speakers when needed. Officers also provide law enforcement and community service information to students, parents, and staff. Officers work closely with their school-based counselors to ensure each student receives proper guidance.
SROs are required to dress in full uniform, drive marked police vehicles, and be in constant radio contact with precinct personnel. They investigate crimes, make arrests, and patrol communities near their schools. The amount of work performed by the current SROs has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the past four school years, from August 2002 through January 2006, SROs have written 6,670 reports and have taken over 10,000 enforcement actions. SROs do not handle school-based disciplinary issues; that is the exclusive responsibility of the school-based administrator.
Our SROs have taught over 4,220 law-related lessons and have had over 78,190 formal and informal counseling/mentoring contacts with students in the four school years since 2002. This is all a part of being a positive role model for the students.
The program also has 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 May 14, 2010