School Resource Officer (SRO)

The Crosby Police Department through a partnership with Independent School District #182 provides a Police Officer stationed in both the Crosby-Ironton High School and Cuyuna Range Elementary School for at minimum 20 hours a week. The goal of School Resource Officer (SRO) Program is to creating and maintaining a safe educational environment for students, faculty and staff. The program represents a superior model of community policing. A School Resource Officer (SRO) represents a specialized approach providing evidence of a community’s desire to ensure that a safe and secure learning environment exists in its schools.

School Resource Officers a valuable resource to the students, faculty and staff of the school district. The SRO’s fulfill four basic roles in the course of their duties:

  • First and foremost they are Police Officers whose primary purpose is to keep the peace in their schools so students can learn.
  • Second they are Advisers who provide guidance to students about law enforcement questions.
  • Third they are a Resource to act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment.
  • And fourth they are Law-Related Teachers who provide the schools with an additional resource by sharing their expertise in the law-related education classroom.

Beyond these identified roles, and perhaps most important, SRO’s are Positive Role Models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today’s society.

The School Resource Officer Program is a community policing strategy that enables the communities to address school problems with both prevention and intervention techniques. Having an SRO on a school campus can prevent problems from happening. When problems do arise, SRO’s can intervene immediately to address what is taking place. The result is a safer and more secure school for students, faculty and staff. The entire community benefits as well because learning is more likely to take place in such an environment. The SRO program focuses on a proactive approach to law enforcement rather than a reactive approach.