School Resource Officer
It is the goal of the North Cedar Community School District to expand their partnership with the Clarence Police Department through the use of a school resource officer (SRO). The goal of the school resource officer is to collaborate with district administration, staff, parents, and students to assist the district in its work to provide safe and healthy learning environments for students, staff, faculty, and guests.
- is a vital member of the school's administrative team, helping to solve problems within the school community.
- is an educational resource for students, teachers, administrators and parents.
- provides students with a positive role model and balanced view of law enforcement.
- is a proactive law enforcement officer dealing with law related issues on campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
We invite you to read through the information below to help answer any questions you might have about SRO programs in schools.
Many Different Roles
- Any criminal or law related issue that arises on campus is the SRO's responsibility. In many ways, his or her school is no different than any other patrol beat. Whether it is child abuse, truancy, disorderly conduct, theft, or some type of assault, the SRO is there to handle it quickly and professionally. SRO's work closely with the school administration in these issues.
- The SRO will proactively address the crimes that occur on campus, both through education and other programs. Every school is different, so each SRO must tailor his or her efforts to their particular school(s).
- The SRO is a resource for the faculty, students, and parents that will provide informal counseling and/or advice. These officers have received extensive training regarding programs and services available to handle problems and conflicts. Getting the right kind of help to those that need it is one of the SRO's highest priorities.
- The SRO is available as a guest speaker or as a resource for classes within the school.
- SRO's have the opportunity to form lasting impressions on young people. To help students succeed, the SRO provides guidance, tutoring, and coaching to students with special needs or problems.
The schools included in these efforts are North Cedar Jr./Sr. High School, North Cedar Elementary School (Lowden Site), and North Cedar Elementary School (Mechanicsville Site). The school resource officer and the North Cedar Community School District continuously work to promote a coordinated effort among agencies and staff in order to achieve maximum public safety. SRO's will follow all FERPA (Family Education Rights to Privacy Act) laws pertaining the roles and rights of an SRO officer.