School Resource Program was established in 1993 when it was felt
a need to provide a safer learning and working environment for
the students and teachers in Clayton County. In order to provide
this service, a Clayton County Police officer was assigned to
School Resource Program was so successful that it now includes
five high schools, eight middle schools, and one alternative school.
Each School Resource Officer is required to attend and complete
an 80 hour block of training before he or she is assigned to a
school. This training helps the School Resource Officer deal with
problems such as school violence, gangs, drugs, weapons, and child
abuse among other things.
School Resource Officer provides a positive role model and develops
good rapport with students, staff, and parents. School Resource
Officers serve as a visible and active law enforcement figure.
School Resource Officer is thoroughly familiar with the juvenile
law as it applies to the juvenile justice system. The School Resource
Officer investigates any crime which could involve students, teachers,
or any school employee. The School Resource Officer acts as a
liaison between the Clayton County Police Department, the Clayton
County Board of Education, and school administrators in all matters
relating to the investigation of criminal activity on campus.
The School Resource Officer makes presentations to classes, clubs,
P.T.A.'s, and civic and community groups on issues concerning
school system safety, law enforcement, and crime prevention. The
School Resource Officer can also provide crisis intervention and
counseling for students in stressful situations. The School Resource
Officer is likely to be first responder in the case of critical
incidents occurring at the school. Additionally, School Resource
Officers have become increasingly involved with developing school
crisis and emergency management plans. School Resource Officers
train with S.W.A.T. personnel to coordinate communications and
services and to share knowledge of school operations, floor plans,
and site layouts which can make the difference between "muddling
through" and having a rapid, coordinated response.
has taught that the presence of a School Resource Officer has
a deterrent effect on illegal and disruptive behavior. By reducing
crime and disruptive behavior, School Resource Officers contribute
directly to conditions that enable principals to engage in the
instructional leadership essential for student success.