|St. Charles County Government has initiated a partnership with area schools to preserve a positive learning environment for our young people. The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is designed to keep our schools free of drugs, weapons, and violence to safeguard the potential of today’s students.
In 1997, county government began placing school resource officers in unincorporated county schools as an emerging concept in community oriented policing. The presence of these officers provides a level of comfort and security for students, teachers, and parents.
|The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department assigns deputies who are specifically trained for interaction with students to serve as school resource officers. The mission of these officers is three-fold: to act as an advisor, an educator, and as a law enforcement officer in order to encourage constructive conduct and communication in the school environment.
The SRO program is improving children's respect for law enforcement officers. Results of the presence of school resource officers are encouraging, with an estimated 60% drop in the number of criminal offenses on campuses since the program began.
|The officers are also an educational and family resource by speaking to classes and groups on topics including problem resolution, drugs and alcohol, driver safety, and emergency preparedness. Whether the issue is practical learning, health, safety concerns, or opportunities for community involvement, these officers have access to outside resources when students need additional assistance.
While school resource officers serve as mentors, their primary duty on school campuses is law enforcement. Officers respond to incidents, conduct investigations, make juvenile court referrals and arrests, and work with juvenile authorities and other agencies to correct problem behaviors. When students violate the law, they face consequences from the penal system in addition to action taken by the school district.
|Residents interested in the SRO program may contact the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department Community Education division at 636.949.3006 for further details.|