Stand with Parkland Board Member Ryan Petty wrote an op-ed in June 2020 about the importance of school resource officers. You can read "Parkland Dad: The Call for Officers to be Removed from Schools is a Mistake" here.
"Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes, but when it comes to the safety of students and teachers there are specially trained police officers who help bridge the gap between law enforcement and communities. An effective School Resource Officers (SRO) program is an integral component to school safety and Stand with Parkland encourages school districts around our nation to consider how to improve, rather than eliminate, them.
Communities should let data guide their decision."
– Ryan Petty
Stand with Parkland has compiled the following links as a resource for schools and communities. Please click on each point below to download and read the research.
Research into School Resource Officers
"The weight of the evidence show that collaboration between school officials and school resource officers is an example of these strategies put to effective use in preserving the cam- pus from disruptive forces while nurturing and protecting youth who are compelled to attend school. Collaboration between school officials and school resource officers is an essential component to preserving the right of boys and girls to attend schools that are secure and peaceful."
"In sum, the evidence presented here suggests that SROs do not widen the school-to-prison pipeline as previous research has suggested."
“In order to identify, assess, and intervene with students who may pose a risk of harm to themselves or others, schools and communities should develop multidisciplinary threat assessment programs...”
Some highlights in this report:
• Targeted school violence is preventable when communities identify warning signs and intervene.
• Students are best positioned to identify and report concerning behaviors displayed by their classmates.
• School resource officers (SROs) play an important role in school violence prevention.
• The role of parents and families in recognizing concerning behavior is critical to prevention.
University of Virginia Research
"According to a 2020 statewide survey of Virginia high schools completed prior to the March closure of schools because of COVID-19, most 9th through 12th grade students and staff agree that school resource officers, or SROs, make them feel safer."
Loyola Marymount University Research
- Executive Summary - Understanding School Police Officers’ Roles: The Influence of Social, Developmental and Historical Contexts
- Understanding School Police Officers’ Roles: The Influence of Social, Developmental and Historical Contexts
Los Angeles Schools Police Department Information
- Overview 2017 -2019
- Arrest, Citation, and Non-arrest Intervention 2010 - 2017
- Overview 2020
- LASPD On-Campus Involvement Report 2014 - 2017
In Spanish with English subtitles
US DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Important Yet Lesser-Known Stories of School Resource Officers
Central High School, Muncie, Indiana, August 7, 2019
A 15-year-old, male student allegedly showed a handgun to an acquaintance and said he might have to shoot someone, reports the Star Press. The acquaintance notified the school’s school resource officer, who immediately sought assistance from city police, according to the newspaper. Police arrested the teen across the street from the school. They found in the teen’s possession a handgun and two fully loaded magazines containing a total of 12 bullets, according to the newspaper.
Normandy High School, Normandy, Missouri, April 4, 2019
While armed with a loaded handgun, a 17-year-old, male student allegedly made verbal threats in the presence of a school resource officer to “shoot up” the school, reports KMOV TV. The suspect allegedly spoke the threats while the SRO was intervening in a fight in which the suspect was involved. The SRO subsequently discovered the weapon in the suspect’s backpack.
- Our Schools Are Still At Risk – What Can We Do? (Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly)
- Parkland parents defend school police as protesters call for them to be defunded (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
- School Resource Officers Finding New Ways to Patrol Schools During Pandemic (Spectrum News 1)
- School resource officers excited to return to Wausau campuses (WSAW)
- School resource officers tackling different roles this year (ABC 33/40)
- School resource officers prepare for unprecedented school year (FOX 59)
- Southwest Virginia school boards adopt resolutions in support of school resource officers (WCYB)
- Resource officers a vital part of school support system (Helena Independent Record)
- Over $316,000 in grant funding allows schools to have resource officers for the first time (KRCG TV)
- Amidst calls for police reform, Anchorage School District opts to keep School Resource Officer program (Alaska Public Radio)
- Getting rid of school resource officers not likely to happen in Colorado Springs, officials say (The Gazette)
- Lightfoot Rules Out Removing Police Officers from Chicago Schools (WTTW)