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 providing 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-aged children. To enhance Moscow Police Department’s efforts to reach at-risk youth, the SRO will utilize social media, including Facebook and web-based and mobile technologies to maintain 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 the Triad-concept of policing. This concept is when 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 and 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 to provide 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. SROs are very approachable and become a source for questions and advice.
The SRO works 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 SROs other duties will encompass crime prevention where he works in partnership with area businesses to reduce crimes such as vandalism and graffiti and to educate and assist in any other crime prevention matters. The SRO also oversee the Citizens Police Academy.
The SRO is an informational partner in a new program called Green Dot which brings awareness into the school system to educate and bring awareness to teen dating violence and bystander intervention.