School Resource Officers
The core responsibility of School Resource Officers (SRO's) is to provide for the safety of students and staff at assigned schools. There is an SRO who is assigned to each of the comprehensive high school campuses. Also, when needed they are responsible for their respective feeder elementary and intermediate schools.
School Resource Officers work closely with site administration and Campus Security Aides on a variety of criminal and non-criminal safety and security concerns. They advise site administration on appropriate security and emergency preparedness response plans to threats of violence. As a first responder, they provide sound leadership to school site security teams which consist of Administrators and Campus Security Aides.
School Resource Officers serve as role models, as they interact with students, parents, staff, and community members to ensuring a safe educational environment. The SRO serves as the single most visible representative of the Police Department. The goal of the SRO on campus, in part, focuses on establishing quality relationships with students. This positive interaction is vital to maintaining strong relationships within the community.
School Resource Officers enforce violations of CA Penal Code, CA Vehicle Code, and of city, state, and federal law and statutes. School Resource Officers are responsible for reporting and investigating crimes, drug and gang intervention, traffic control, and overseeing the protection of school property. In addition to responding to acts of violence, SRO's are responsible for proactively facilitating threat assessment for threats of violence.