The School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned to provide coverage to all Blair schools. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related education teacher. The SRO is not a security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a crisis situation but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for the school.
Primary Duties of the SRO
The primary duties of the School Resource Officer are:
Enforcement of laws and assistance with emergency situations on and surrounding Blair school campuses.
Maintain a highly visible presence on the Blair school campuses and the surrounding neighborhoods to suppress criminal activity and promote positive relationships.
Conduct educational programs in the classroom related to the criminal justice system thus providing greater insight into the administration of justice.
Coordinate security for special events on campus, especially after school functions such as social and athletic events.
Act as a positive role model for students and provide guidance or referral when appropriate.
Actively participate in a truancy program utilizing such methods as: attendance patrol, and home visits.
The Goals of the SRO Program
The goal of this program is to create and maintain a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for students, teachers, and staff within the Blair School System. The officers represent a proactive strategy designed to deal with early intervention and crime prevention in the schools. This program is one of the best examples of community-oriented policing that exists today.