School Resource Officers
SRO Mission Statement
Through education and enforcement and by cooperative efforts with the school staff, the students, the parents, the courts, and the communities social service organizations, the S.R.O. program strives to assist the schools with providing a safe school environment. We strive to hold juveniles responsible for their actions and prevent individual problems from developing into patterns of delinquency.
Day-in-the-Life of a BPD School Resource Officer
-Prevention of crime or delinquent behavior by juveniles in their assignee areas.
-Protection of children against molestation, involvement with older law violators, and their harmful influences
-friendly contact between the police department and the youth of the city of Boise.
-Assistance and realistic information during times of stress and crisis
-Education of young people regarding the role of laws and courts, and police society.
-Investigation of cases involving juveniles and use of effective alternatives to court, whenever possible.
History Of the S.R.O. program In Boise
In 1970, officers from the Boise Police Department met with representatives of the Boise Independent School District. Together they designed the SRO program. Federal funds were obtained through grants to operate the pilot project for one year. Officers were placed in three of the cities junior high schools.
After one year of operation, it was decided to expand the program to all six junior high schools. Independent polls and studies indicated strong support for the school resource officers by the students, their parents, school staff, community service organizations and the juvenile court system. Other divisions of the police department reported an improvement in the behavior of juveniles in the pilot areas.
In 1976, the department again broadened the scope of the program to include the three senior high schools. 1977 brought an opportunity for further expansion and innovation in the SRO program. Federal grants provided funding for SROs in the elementary schools, bringing the total number of school resource officers to fifteen.
Today School Resource Officers can be found in schools across the valley providing assistance to staff, students, parents, and the community.
School Resource Officers are all seasoned police officers and have been selected because of their ability to work effectively with different types of people, especially young people. Their salaries and equipment are supplied by the police department. Offices and other school facilities are supplied by the school district. Each officer is responsible primarily to his police supervisor and secondarily to the principal of the school to which he is assigned. His time is divided between educational efforts in the schools, case investigations, court appearances, police training and liason work with other community service organizations.
To find out who your School Resource Officer is you can call Sgt.Jake Nichols or Sgt. Sara Hill at 570-6400.