School Resource Officer
The mission of our COPS grant funded School Resources Officer is to work in conjunction with the local elementary, secondary schools and other service agencies to provide a positive and safe environment for our students to learn and socialize. The School Resource Officer (SRO) focus is on community interests within the school system. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. The SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding criminal justice issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link with local agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children. To enhance Moscow Police Department’s efforts to reach at-risk youth the SRO will utilize social media web-based and mobile technologies to include Facebook for maintaining an interactive dialog.
The SRO position furthers community partnerships by building a stronger team to problem solve in an area that has been identified by our community as utmost importance. To do this our SRO works under what is called the Triad-concept of policing. This concept is where our SRO acts as an Educator, Counselor, and Law Enforcement Officer within the school environment. This can encompass a variety of activities such as:
- Problem Solver & Liaison to the Community: The SRO is a source for citizens who may have questions relating to students. By working closely in the student community, the SRO is more enabled to find problem areas.
- Law Enforcement Specialist: The SRO is a sworn peace officer certified by The Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. The SRO receives additional training that is specific to the school position. This training maximizes the officer’s effectiveness in the school setting.
- Safety Advisor: The SRO and school administrators work closely together providing a safe environment for school-aged children. The SRO assists the schools in developing crisis plans, and evacuation procedures that are a safety concern.
- Counselor/Mentor: By working with the students, the SRO is able to establish a rapport with the students. SRO’s are very approachable and become a source for questions and advice.
The SRO will work in collaboration with the Moscow School District, Latah County Youth Advocacy Council, Youth Services and Child Protection Services to provide a safe educational learning environment. The SRO’s other duties will encompass crime prevention where he will work in partnership with area businesses to reduce crime such as vandalism and graffiti and to educate and assist in any other crime prevention matters. The SRO will also oversee the Citizens Police Academy.
2012 Citizens Police Academy Graduates