School Resource Officers are valuable resources for their schools. They are trained to fulfill the following important roles:
First and foremost are law enforcement officers whose primary purpose is to "keep the peace" in their schools so that students can learn and teachers can teach.
Secondly, they are law-related counselors who provide guidance on law-related issues to students and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment.
SRO’s are also law-related education teachers who provide schools with an additional educational resource by sharing their expertise in the classroom.
Beyond these identified roles, and perhaps most importantly, SRO’s are positive role models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today’s society. Their presence in the schools sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable.