School Resource Team
There are currently five school resource officers. This program is in partnership with the Santa Rosa City School District. The officers receive special training from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) on school related issues.
The School Resource Officer program began in 1996 as the result of a Drug Suppression Grant. A sworn police officer was assigned full time to Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Middle School, and Ridgway High School for drug education, intervention, and enforcement. Due to the overwhelming success of that program, additional officers have been assigned to the program. Each officer is assigned to one High School and its corresponding feeder Middle School although they often share the workload produced by all the schools.
The primary role of the School Resource Officer is to provide security for students, staff and property, as well as to enforce violations on and around the campus. However, they have many other responsibilities. School Resource Officers become an integral part of the schools in which they work and provides a means of communication between staff, students, parents, and the Police Department. They also take on the role of teachers, educating both staff and students on various topics including:
- Drug awareness.
- Resource for hard to control and out of control kids.
- Teen alcohol use.
- Self esteem and peer pressure.
- Tobacco use.
- Juvenile laws and court procedures.
- Constitutional law.
The School Resource Officers also work closely with other facets of the Police Department including the Gang, Narcotic, and Property Crime Detectives. In addition, outside agencies often get involved with the School Resource Officers in their investigations. These agencies include: Child Protective Services (CPS), Sonoma County Mental Health, and Sonoma County Juvenile Probation.
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