As a school resource officer, the school
becomes the officer's beat. The SRO assists the school
administration in maintaining a safe and secure environment. School
administrators benefit from the SROs training, knowledge and
experience in handling situations involving possible weapons
violations or in the identification of controlled dangerous
substances. The SRO provides a highly visible presence to deter or
identify trespassers on campus. Also, SRO's provide traffic control
duties for those students and parents walking to and from
SROs are responsible for investigating violations of criminal
law and when appropriate make arrests. An SROs sworn duty to
enforce the law does not contradict the need for the SRO to be a
positive role model -- it in fact supports it. It is essential for
a SRO to endorse high moral standards and use good judgment and
discretion. Through this, students learn and understand what a
professional police officer does.
It is important to note that SROs are not school disciplinarians.
SROs should not be involved in investigating school rule
violations: For example, a student cheating on a test. Violations
of school rules are the responsibility of the principal and
faculty. If a violation of a school rule is also a criminal offense
the SRO may conduct a concurrent investigation and take the
appropriate action under the policies and procedures set forth by
Madison Police Department.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one
has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while
trying to succeed.
-- Booker T. Washington