• SRO Guidelines

    GUIDELINES FOR THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) 

    THE SRO IS A SWORN DEPUTY FOR THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. THE SRO MUST ENFORCE ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS, AND PERFORM THE DUTIES THEY SWORE TO UPHOLD. THE SRO WORKS FOR THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT UNDER THE GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY COMMISSION, THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

     ·The SRO is an extension of the principals’ office. The SRO will work in concert with the principal(s), meeting with them on an as needed basis.

    ·Problems occurring at a school where the SRO is not scheduled, should be referred to the Superintendent’s office to ask for the SRO’s assistance.

    ·The SRO shall abide by School Board policies and shall consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal, but shall consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal, but shall remain fully responsive to the chain of command of the law enforcement agency in all matters relating to employment and supervision.

    ·The SRO will make available to the school faculty and students a variety of law enforcement related presentations.

    ·The SRO will coordinate all activities with the principal and will see advice and guidance prior to enacting any new program within the school.

    ·The SRO is not a school disciplinarian. If the principal believes an incident is a violation of the law, he shall contact the SRO who shall determine whether law enforcement action is appropriate. The SRO can be present during a disciplinarian act by the administration if requested by the administration first.

    ·Should it become necessary for the SRO or other Sheriff’s Department personnel to conduct formal investigation interviews on a school campus with students or staff, the Sheriff’s Department personnel shall abide by School Board policy concerning such interviews.

    ·As soon as practical, the SRO will notify the school principal about any law enforcement activity undertaken on the school campus. The SRO may coordinate with principal and Superintendent to make unannounced visit by other law enforcement officials to search for alcohol, drugs, weapons, or other banned substances. The officers will take appropriate law enforcement action against intruders and unwanted guests who appear during regular school hours or during extracurricular activities at school related functions.

    ·The SRO acts as a liaison with law enforcement agencies and provides those agencies with basic information concerning students on campuses.

    ·The SRO will be available for conferences with students, parents, and faculty members in order to assist them with a problem they may have.

    ·The SRO refers students and/ or families to the school counselor(s) and to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined, such as mental health centers, drug treatment centers, etc.

    ·To promote citizen awareness of law enforcement efforts, to assure the peaceful operation of school-related programs, and to build support with students, SRO’s, ma, whenever possible, participate in or attend school functions.

    ·The SRO will coordinate with the principal for additional security personnel.

    ·The SRO will dress casual with weapon, handcuffs, identification and any other equipment deemed necessary to perform the deputy function. The SRO will wear full uniform when appropriate, such as sporting events, dances, and whenever the SRO feels the need to reaffirm their roles as law enforcement officers.

    ·The SRO is a resource for students that will enable them to be associated with a law enforcement figure in their environment.

    ·The SRO’s will develop routines and schedules that provide for good time management within the school schedule.

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