he Haddon Township Police Department is a full-service police department serving the citizens in and around Haddon Township, New Jersey. Our department
features several sub-divisions (listed at left) who work together to provide exceptional services and safety to our citizens.
What is a school resource officer?
The school resource officer program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational
environment on several different levels. The officer is involved in a variety of functions.
Goals of the SRO
- As a visible, active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law-related issues.
- As a classroom resource for instruction in the following areas: law related education, violence diffusion,
safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention and other areas.
- As a member of the faculty and administrative team working hand in hand to solve problems in the school community.
- As a resource for the students which will enable students to be associated with a law enforcement figure in the student's environment.
- As a resource to teachers, parents, and students for conferences on an individual basis, dealing with individual problems or
questions. As a counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment but may be of a law-related nature.
The Role of the SRO
- Bridge the gap between police officer and young people and increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement.
- Teach the value of our legal system.
- Promote respect for teachers, citizens and property.
- Reduce juvenile crime by helping students formulate an awareness of rules, authority and justice.
- To take a personal interest in students and their activities.
- To allow students access to the legal system.
- To give students a realistic picture of our laws and legal system so they will have an investment in supporting and improving it.
- Teach students how to avoid becoming a victim through self awareness and crime prevention.
The Triad Concept
- Work closely with the school principal(s), meeting at least on a weekly basis.
- Provide a program of educational leadership to the students, parents and faculty addressing tobacco, alcohol, other drug issues, gang activity,
violence diffusion, violence prevention, crime prevention, and safety issues in the school community.
- Act as a communication liaison with law enforcement agencies, provide basic information concerning students on campuses served by the officer.
- Gather information regarding potential problems such as criminal activity, gang activity, student unrest, and identify particular individuals
who may be a disruptive influence to the school and/or students.
- Take steps appropriate and consistent with a law enforcement officer's duty when a crime occurs.
- Refer students and their families to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined.
- Refrain from functioning as a school disciplinarian.
- Attend meetings of parent groups and faculty-wide in-service sessions.
- Be available for conferences with students, parents and faculty members to assist with problems related to law enforcement and crime prevention.
- Confer with the school administration to develop strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations on or near the campus.
- Promote citizen awareness of law enforcement efforts on campus to ensure the peaceful operation of school related programs and build support with students.
- Whenever possible attend school functions or extracurricular school events
- File police reports as required by local agency.
- Abide by school board policies and consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal.
- Remain fully responsive to the chain of command of the law enforcement agency in all matters related to employment.
- SRO's are not to be assigned duties regularly assigned to school personnel such as lunchroom or hall duty. Nothing should preclude an SRO from being
available in areas where interaction with students is expected.
- When conducting formal police interviews on a school campus with a student, police personnel shall abide by school board policy concerning such
The basic TRIAD concept, which signifies the philosophy of the school resource officer program, adheres to the following roles:
- A member of the faculty and administration
- Provide law related education to the students, parents, and staff on request
- Role of a guest speaker
Law Enforcement Officer
- Informal counseling of students and parents based on the expertise of a law enforcement officer
- Work closely with the school's counseling staff
- Provide information on community services and the law to students, parents, and staff
- Program coordinator
- Uniformed, armed officer
- Marked vehicle
- Uniformed or plainclothes
- Investigates crimes, makes arrests
- The officer for the school community
- Works with other law enforcement officers and agencies
- Liaison between the school and police community
- Positive role model