School Resource Officers
The core responsibility of School Resource Officers (SRO's) is to provide for the safety of students and staff at assigned schools. Each SRO is assigned a primary home school, typically at a traditional high school campus, and is also responsible when needed at respective feeder intermediate and elementary schools. School Resource Officers work closely with site administration and District Safety Officers on a variety of criminal and non-criminal safety and security concerns. They advise site administration on appropriate security and emergency preparedness response plans to threats of violence. As a first responder, they provide sound leadership to school site security teams. School Resource Officers interact with students, parents, staff, and community members to ensure a safe educational environment. This positive interaction is vital to maintaining our strong community relationships.
The SRO serves as the single most visible representative of the police department. They serve in a critical community relations ambassador role. The goal of the SRO on campus, in part, focuses on establishing quality relationships with students. This investment, within the context of an educational environment, will allow students the opportunity to become leaders of tomorrow. School Resource Officers enforce violations of CA Penal Code, CA Vehicle Code, and of city, state, and federal law statutes. School Resource Officers are responsible for reporting and investigating crimes, drug and gang intervention, traffic control, and overseeing the protection of school property. In addition to responding to acts of violence, SRO's are responsible for proactively facilitating threat assessment for threats of violence.