School Resource Officer Program
Sikeston Public Safety Department
201 South Kingshighway
Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone: (573) 471-6200
Sikeston School Resource Officer Frequently Asked Questions
What is a School Resource Officer?
Are the schools so bad we need SROs?
What do SROs do in the schools?
Who is my child's SRO?
How can I contact my child's SRO?
Q: What is a School Resource Officer?
A: The School Resource Officer Program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of law enforcement officers within the educational environment. Each officer is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. In addition to being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law issues. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies who provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand-in-hand with the principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems afflicting today's school-age children.
Q: Are the schools so bad we need SROs?
A: The Sikeston School System and the Sikeston Department of Public Safety are working together to confront problems our students must face now. By addressing these issues together and proactively, we believe that this prevention program will become increasingly effective.
Throughout the United States, each year over 200,000 violent crimes occur on school property. Each year 150,000 students stay home because they are "sick of violence and afraid they might be stabbed, shot, or beaten". Every day in the U.S 60 teachers are assaulted and 160 are threatened and it is estimated that between 100,000 and 135,000 guns are brought to schools in the U.S. each day.
Although most statistics are nationwide, we can see the trend. An SRO, if utilized correctly, should be the first line of defense against gangs, drugs, alcohol, and school violence. Every student in the U.S. has the right to feel safe while attending school. Through prevention programs such as the SRO and DARE it is hoped that in the City of Sikeston we can reverse the trends that are hurting our youth and education. The schools and the city understand and believe that prevention is the key and that we hold the future of youth in our hands.
Q: What do SROs do in the schools?
A: The SRO works with the administration, educators, and counselors. The role each officer plays is dependent on the need of the situation. As a sworn public safety officer he/she is assigned to provide the law enforcement expertise and resources to assist school staff in maintaining safety and order. Each officer shall:
Handle all calls for service and coordinate the response of other police resources to the school.
Be visible patrolling the exterior and interior grounds, particularly during the opening or closing of the school and during the lunch periods.
Wear a uniform identifying them as a police officer.
Assist with training for the school administration in law enforcement and related matters.
Be available as a guest speaker in the classroom and develop expertise in presenting various subjects to the students including a basic understanding of the laws, the role of the police officer, and other subjects involving law-related topics.
Monitor the social and cultural environment to identify emerging youth gangs.
Meet weekly or more frequently, if necessary, with the school principal for the purpose of exchanging information about current crime trends, problem areas, or other areas of concern.
Not act as a school disciplinarian, as the responsibility of discipline lies solely within the school administration. If the principal believes an incident is in violation of the law, he/she may contact the SRO to determine whether law enforcement action is appropriate.
Q: How can I contact my child's SRO?
A: You may contact your child's SRO by calling the school during school hours and asking for the SRO. If school is not in session, contact may be made through the Sikeston Department of Public Safety at 471-6200.