What is an SRO?

A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a certified police officer who is assigned full-time to a school. For this, SRO's receive many hours of ongoing specialized training. The concept is similar to the "cop on foot patrol" who knows the public he serves on a first name basis and is sensitive to their particular needs.

Like many adults, some students view police officers solely as enforcers of the laws. By establishing a daily rapport with their school's SRO, students will not only gain positive role models, but also a better understanding of police officers' many other duties and responsibilities.

Likewise, SRO's will gain a better perspective of the youngsters in their schools. By carefully assessing the needs of individual students, SRO's will be more aware of the development of unhealthy or destructive behavioral patterns. Through early intervention it is possible, in many cases, to redirect negative behaviors before they cause a student to be referred to the Criminal Justice System.

The SRO Program was first implemented in Flint, Michigan, in 1951. Since the program's inception, it has successfully been put into practice in 35 states. Sheriff Truman Jones started the SRO Program in Rutherford County in 1993 with five officers in five schools. There are currently 40 officers working in 41 schools helping to assure students safety and education.

Additional Responsibilities:
The involvement of SRO's extends far beyond the classroom and the normal workday. Officers participate in parent-teacher and faculty meetings, student social and sporting events, and club projects. The presence of SRO's tends to strengthen the student/police bonds and shows the officers' commitment to the students and their education and safety.


  • SRO's are not school disciplinarians. An SRO takes action when a principal requests police involvement in a perceived violation of law or a violation of law in their presence.
  • SRO's coordinate their activities with principals and staff members and seek permission, advice and guidance before enacting any program within the school.
  • SRO's are police officers and are sworn to uphold the law.
  • SRO's make presentations on various subjects related to the law and the police in order to increase student understanding of the laws, police officers and the police mission.
  • SRO's are available for conferences with students, parents and faculty members to assist them with problems of a law enforcement or crime prevention nature.
  • At the request of principals, SRO's will take action against an unwanted guest who appear on campus and at school functions.
  • Should it become necessary to conduct informal police interviews with students, it will be done in accordance with state law.
  • SRO's give assistance to other police officers in matters regarding their school assignment whenever necessary.
  • SRO's will attend and participate in school functions as often as possible.