School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a problem-solving approach to reducing crime by assigning specially trained officers to each of the traditional junior and high schools in the district to establish an ongoing rapport with students, staff and parents.
The program began in 1995 and is the result of a partnership between Fort Collins Police Services and the Poudre School District. It has three basic goals:
- to provide a safe learning environment and help reduce school violence.
- to improve school/ law enforcement collaboration
- to improve perceptions and relations between students, staff, and law enforcement officials.
Fort Collins Police Services has nine SROs, covering thirty-four school sites. Four SROs provide services to the four high school campuses. Five SROs provide coverage for the six junior highs and one alternative education site. In addition to their primary school(s) coverage, each SRO has two or three elementary schools they work with as well.
While the primary duty is to reduce crime in the schools, SROs often find themselves teaching class, talking with students, and making referrals to other agencies to help solve individual student and/or family problems.
Besides working with individual students, SROs are committed to the community policing concepts regarding their schools and surrounding neighborhoods. Officers have successfully worked on traffic issues, noise and litter complaints, drug sales, and safety in nearby parks and business areas. They have found that most problems can be solved or minimized by establishing partnerships with students, staff, parents and other members of the community.
For more information about the School Resource Officer Program contact bGx1bnNmb3JkQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== at (970) 416-2836.