School Resource Officer
A school and city partnership to support learning
With the School Resources Officer program, the officer represents much more than a "cop in the shop." The School Resource Officer (SRO) program reflects a community partnership between the City of Bayard Police Department and the Bayard Public Schools to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments.
The Roles of the School Resource Officer:
• Law Enforcement Officer
• Law Related Presenter
• Informal Counselor
School Resource Officer Program Goals:
• Establish a trusting channel of communication with the students, parents, and teachers.
• Serve as a positive role model to instill in student's good moral standards, good judgment and discretion, respect for other students, and a sincere concern for the school community.
• Partnering with school personnel to maintain safe, secure and orderly learning environments for students, teachers and staff.
• Promote citizen awareness of the law to enable students to become better informed and effective citizens, while empowering students with the knowledge of law enforcement efforts and obligations regarding enforcement as well as consequences for violations of the law.
• Serve as a confidential source of counseling for students and parents concerning problems they face as well as providing information on community resources available to them.
The SRO should be looked at as a resource officer to which the school community can turn. As such, the SRO fulfills three roles: Law enforcement officer, an informal counselor, and law-related presenter. As a law enforcement officer, the primary purpose is to "keep the peace." As a law-related counselor, the officer provides resource guidance to students, parents, teachers, staff, and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the high school. As a law-related presenter, the officer will share special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classroom to promote a better understanding of our laws. Furthermore, the SRO also serves as positive role model for the students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.
For more information, please stop by and visit Officer Scott Mascher at the schools.