Can School Resource Officers Continue to Support School/Community Anti-Drug Efforts?
Law enforcement has been a strong partner with drug-free community (DFC) coalitions for many years. Because some communities are challenging the roles of law enforcement in communities, and of school-based law enforcement in particular, it is important that coalition members understand the questions/issues at play in this dialog and have the skills to navigate through these controversial issues. This session defines the roles of school resource officers (SROs) and helps address the many trending issues concerning school-based law enforcement, including how communities are deciding whether to keep SROs in schools, how SROs can be effective partners to continue to do anti-drug work with schools and communities, and how SRO work continues while school is online. This interactive session will also present and elicit examples of how school-based law enforcement can contribute to the four environmental CADCA strategies.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Name three issues related to a community discussion about whether law enforcement should be in schools
2) Describe the process that can be used to help make decisions about whether and how law enforcement works with school partners
3) Explain how a school resource officer can play roles in contributing to the four environmental CADCA strategies.