Duties of the SRO
The School Resource Officer Program began in 2002 as a Federally subsidized program to allow trained police personal become a part of the school system. The primary mission of the SRO is to offer instruction and presentation, informal consultation to students/family regarding legal and safety issues, and for law enforcement.
The SRO is not in the school to enforce disciplinary issues, but to be a legal resource for our students, families, and staff.
Duties of the School Resource Officer
Chautauqua County Sheriff Officers:
- Work in concert with the school principal, meeting with the principal on a weekly basis
- Provide a program of educational leadership by acting as a guest speaker in addressing tobacco, alcohol, and other drug issues, and in addressing violence diffusion, and violence prevention, and safety issues in the school community
- Act as a communication liaison with law inforcement agencies and provide basic information concerning students on the campus served by the officer
- Present programs to parents on issues related to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, violence prevention, and safety
- Provide informational in-series for staff on issues related to alcohol and other drugs and the law, violence, gangs, safety, and security
- Gather information regarding potential problems such as criminal activity, gang activity and student unrest, and attempt to identify particular individuals who may be a disruptive influence to the school and/or students
- Assist in maintaining order and enforcing school policies on school property. In conjunction with school officials, the SRO will take the appropriate law enforcement action, consistent with a police officer's duty. As soon as practical, the SRO shall make the principal of the school aware of such action. At the principal's request, the SRO shall take appropriate law enforcement action against intruders and unwanted guests who may appear at the school and related school functions, to the extent that the SRO may do so under the authority of the law. Whenever practicable, the SRO shall advise the principal before requesting additional police assistance on campus.
- Refer students and/or families to the appropriate agencies for asistance when need is determined
- The SRO shall not act as a school disciplinarian. However, if the principal believes an incident is a violation of the law, the principal may contact the SRO and the SRO shall then determine whether law enforcement action is appropriate.
- The SRO can perform other duties as may be mutually agreed upon in writing by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the District
- To ensure the safety for the students, faculty, and staff at Falconer Central School
- To counsel students in special situations when requested by the principal, student, or parent
- To enforce criminal lawa on the Local, State, and Federal levels, and to assist school officials with the enforcement of Policies and Procedures regaring student conduct
- To investigate criminal activity on or around school property
- To act as a resource person to answer questions students or parents may have concerning criminal law
- To assist other officers with outside investigations relating to students
- To provide security at school events and/or functions