The School Resource Officer has three main functions: law enforcement officer,
teacher, and advisor.
1. As a law enforcement officer, the S.R.0 maintains a safe and secure school
environment in which students feel safe to learn and teachers feel safe to teach.
2. As a teacher, the S.R.O. may conduct classroom presentations pertaining
to law related topics and in doing so, informs students and promotes positive
attitudes regarding the police role in society.
3. The S.R.O. acts as an advisor to students, parents, teachers, and staff on issues
related to the law enforcement, substance abuse, delinquency, and other law
related topics. The S.R.O. may talk with the students, parents, teachers, and staff
about their problems and help them find possible solutions. When necessary, the
S.R.O. may make referrals to appropriate social agencies for additional assistance.
The most effective way an S.R.O. can accomplish these goals is to be a positive role model. Students learn from every interaction they have with an S.R.O. It is essential for an S.R.0 to be a positive role model who endorses good judgment and discretion, is consistent and fair, respects all students and displays a sincere concern for the school community.
School Resource Officers must maintain a professional appearance; be visible, accessible and willing to talk to students; attend and participate in school activities; interact positively with students and the community, taking their concerns seriously; and maintain a positive relationship with the faculty and administrators.
One of the SRO's main responsibilities is to enhance the communication between the North Reading Police Department and the North Reading School Department.
The School Resource Officer's responsibilities include: