No, Lodi Schools are some of the safest schools in the county. The role of the School Resource Officer is not just law enforcement; it is to bridge the gap between police and youth and to open the lines of communication.
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The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while on school grounds, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at safety, prevention, and law enforcement.
The SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law-related issues. SROs are a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district.
The problem-solving process is enhanced when mutual respect is shared between the youth and the police. Open conversations are the key to creating an atmosphere of trust.
Having a full-time officer dedicated to the school allows teachers and staff the opportunity to access a reliable resource concerning law enforcement and public safety issues on campus and in the community.
The success of the School Resource Officer Program is based on a strong relationship with the youth. Consistency and fairness are priorities as well as the equal application of the law.