Employing carefully selected, specially trained school resource officers (SROs) is one of the most effective ways schools can improve safety and security. SROs are sworn police officers employed by a law enforcement agency.
SROs trained by the National Association of School Resource Officers fulfill mentoring, teaching and law enforcement roles. They build positive relationships that encourage students to give SROs information that often enables the officers to stop violent crime before it happens. When violence cannot be prevented, SROs mitigate its effects by ending it immediately.
Every school in America would be safer with at least one school resource officer.