BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN COPS & KIDS
Definition of a School Resource Officer (SRO): An SRO, by federal definition, is a career law enforcement officer with sworn authority, who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work in collaboration with one or more schools.
Role of an SRO: The goals of well-founded SRO programs include providing safe learning environments in our schools, providing valuable resources to school staff, fostering positive relationships with youth, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protecting all students so they can reach their fullest potentials. NASRO considers it a best practice to use a “triad concept” to define the three main roles of school resource officers: educator, informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.
Benefits of having and belonging to MTSROA:
- +The MTSROA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit created by and for SRO’s all across Montana with Montana goals in the forefront.
- +Local Montana training standards and opportunities for SRO's across the vast state of Montana that can address Montana specific topics.
- +Partner with other State Conferences, such as Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) Summer Institute Conference, which allows exposure to alternative policing options.
- + Work Directly with Schools, State Agencies, and Community Organizations across Montana.
- + Representation for policy making at the state and local levels.
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