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REGIONAL COMMUNITY POLICING INSTITUTE
School Resource Officer Program:         

Goals:

  • Reduce juvenile delinquency through close personal contact
  • Improve relations between the youth and the police
  • Counsel youths who are in serious violations of the law
  • Teach law related classes to students
  • Serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students
  • Provide law enforcement to the school campus
  • Provide community oriented policing to surrounding neighborhood

Prgram Description:

A police officer is assigned to a secondary school (High School or Junior High) on a full-time basis. The officer works with the staff and is integrated into the school. The officer may teach classes, interact with students, counsel students, and provide security and crime prevention expertise to school or patrol the campus.

Critical Factors:

  • Positive role model to serve as a School Resource Officer
  • Availability/Accessibility of SRO
  • Police/School commitment to the program
  • Experienced officer able to work outside normal police system and within the educational system
  • Officer for SRO to conduct interviews, reports, and etc.
  • Acceptance of SRO by the school

Effects of the Program:

The School has an outside "expert" for security, crime prevention, and school violence (which is especially significant in the wake of the Columbine High School shooting). The students have a police officer they can contact for problems, information, and guidance. The faculty, staff, and parents also have a resource. There is numerous anecdotal evidence regarding positive contacts, Crime vs. Fights averted, and instances of reduced crime. Being a positive role model carries effects well into the college or post high school years. School Resource Officers can become mentors to the youth.

Contact Information:

Tim Hanson, Officer
Papillion Police Department
145 West Second Street
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: (402) 597-2035
Fax: (402) 592-9810
Email: thanson@monarch.papillion.ne.us