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SRO Program Concept

The School Resource Officer (SRO) concept is the placement of an experienced law enforcement professional in the Edwardsville High School, Alternative High School, and Middle School with the following goals.

  • Creating and maintaining safe, secure and orderly learning environments for students, teachers and staff.
  • Establish a trusting channel of communication with the students, parents, and teachers.
  • Serve as a positive role model to instill in student's good moral standards, good judgment and discretion, respect for other students, and a sincere concern for the school community.
  • Promote citizen awareness of the law to enable students to become better informed and effective citizens, while empowering students with the knowledge of law enforcement efforts and obligations regarding enforcement as well as consequences for violations of the law.
  • Serve as a confidential source of counseling for students and parents concerning problems they face as well as providing information on community resources available to them.

With such a program, the officer represents much more than a "cop in the shop" and reflects a proactive community partnership between the City of Edwardsville Police Department and the Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments.

The SRO should be looked at as a resource to which the school community can turn. As such, the SRO fulfills three roles by using the triad approach. The officer acts as law enforcement officer, a law-related counselor, and law-related presenter. As a law enforcement officer, the primary purpose is to "keep the peace." As a law-related counselor, the officer provides resource guidance to students, parents, teachers, staff, and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the high school. As a law-related presenter, the officer will share special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classroom to promote a better understanding of our laws. Furthermore, the SRO also serves as positive role model for the students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.


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