Falconer Central School District School Resource Officer Program
The Falconer Central School District, in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department, established the School Resource Officer position in the fall of 2001. The School Resource Officer is a sworn police officer and a member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department. The SRO was originally assigned full-time to the Falconer Central District. In September 2005, the program went through some changes and the Chautauqua County Sheriff SRO was changed to serve Falconer on a part-time basis with the Town of Ellicott also providing a police officer to fill the SRO duties on alternating days. The CCSD SRO and TOE SRO serve a population of approximately 1500 students and their parents.
The SRO serves as teacher, counselor, role model, and advocate for students, families, faculty and staff. The SRO is not the school disciplinarian, nor doe he/she supplant any other staff function. He/she brings full service, personalized policing to an important segment of our community. With a full-time presence in the schools, the SRO is easily recognized and approachable for students.
In the classroom, the SRO present classes on topics such as history of law enforcement, search and seizure, constitutional rights, criminal law, and drug abuse.
The SRO’s duties extend far beyond the classroom and normal work day. The officer participates in PTO and faculty meetings, club projects, student social functions, and sporting events. The SRO’s presence demonstrates the officer’s commitment to the students and tends to strengthen the student/police bond. This also demonstrates the police department’s willingness to go beyond the normal tour of duty for the safety and interest of the students.
The ultimate goal of an SRO program is to maintain and improve the safety of the learning environment in our schools through the reduction and prevention of school violence and drug abuse. The School Resource Officer is armed and required to wear his uniform at all times. He is always recognizable as a police officer. While his primary focus is prevention and deterrence, the SRO conducts all criminal investigations on campus, coordinating his activities with the building administrator. Although under the direct supervision of the Police Department, he is considered a member of the school faculty and, as such, works closely with the principal or assistant principal to determine the best course of action.
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