School Resource Officers (SRO)
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program was started in Normandy in the spring of 2003 through a grant with the Department if Justice and Normandy School District, now the Normandy Schools Collaborative.
An SRO is a law enforcement officer whose primary assignment is within the local schools for the purpose of:
- Law-related education
- Mentoring students
WHAT IS THE SRO PROGRAM?
The SRO program is based on a philosophy that the School Resource Officer is an educator in safety and law-related issues, a law-related counselor, a resource to the school administration and, of course, a law enforcement officer. The officer, while in school, becomes involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention of violence and crime.
Each School Resource Officer receives training specific to their position in the schools. They attend a 40-hour Basic School Resource Officer Training as well as continuing education in school related issues. The Normandy Police Department SRO's are all members of the Missouri School Resource Officers Association and attend an annual training held each summer.
The SRO is an active, high profile police officer. The SRO assists school staff within the school and campus area in an effort to detect and deter any unruly, delinquent or criminal activity. SRO's take reports on incidents that happen on school property and investigate them. Incidents being investigated at the school can result in an informational report, a summons or an arrest.
The SRO also provides a link between the police department and the student community along with teaching classes about the law and community issues. There are many excellent opportunities for role-modeling and mentoring as well. At the end of 2017 the Normandy Police Department SRO Program was audited by the United States Department of Justice. Upon leaving the auditor commented how the Normandy SRO Program was one of the best in the country and rivaled many of the larger agencies throughout the country.