S.R.O. - SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER UNIT
LIEUTENANT MARC RICHARDS, COMMANDER
770-477-3642


The 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 a school.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Experience 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.


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7911 N. MCDONOUGH STREET, JONESBORO GEORGIA 30236
(770) 477-3747
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