School Resource Officer

School Resource Officer Program

SRO Golden at Belvidere High School

The Belvidere Police Department in partnership with Belvidere Community School District 100  is able to assign a full time as a School Resource Officer (SRO) to Belvidere High School and Belvidere South Middle School.

The primary role of an SRO is to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors on school grounds. The SRO’s responsibilities and duties include:

  1. Safety and Security: The SRO is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment within the school premises. They patrol the campus, monitor entrances and exits, and respond to any security threats or emergencies that may arise.

  2. Law Enforcement: SRO’s enforce laws and regulations within the school community. They address criminal activity, such as drug offenses, theft, vandalism, and violence, and take appropriate action in accordance with law enforcement protocols.

  3. Conflict Resolution: SRO’s play a role in resolving conflicts and disputes among students and staff members. They mediate conflicts, provide counseling and support, and promote positive relationships within the school community.

  4. Crime Prevention Education: SRO’s educate students, staff, and parents about crime prevention strategies, safety protocols, and the consequences of illegal behavior. They conduct presentations, workshops, and training sessions on topics such as drug awareness, cyberbullying, and personal safety.

  5. Emergency Preparedness: SRO’s help develop and implement emergency preparedness plans for the school, including procedures for lockdowns, evacuations, and other crisis situations. They conduct drills, train staff and students, and ensure that emergency response protocols are followed effectively.

  6. Community Engagement: SRO’s build positive relationships with students, staff, parents, and community members. They serve as liaisons between the school and law enforcement agencies, participate in community events, and collaborate with other stakeholders to address community concerns.

  7. Mentorship and Counseling: SRO’s serve as mentors and role models for students, providing guidance, support, and encouragement. They offer advice on academic, personal, and social issues, and connect students with resources and support services as needed.

  8. Educational Support: SRO’s assist with educational programs and initiatives aimed at promoting positive behavior, character development, and academic achievement. They may participate in school assemblies, classroom presentations, and extracurricular activities to support student success.

  9. Crisis Intervention: In the event of a crisis or traumatic incident, such as a natural disaster, accident, or act of violence, SRO’s provide immediate assistance and support to students and staff. They coordinate with emergency responders, provide emotional support, and help facilitate the recovery process.

Overall, School Resource Officers play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors in educational settings. By promoting a safe and supportive school environment, they contribute to the academic success and overall development of students while fostering positive relationships between law enforcement agencies and the community.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Belvidere Police Department to provide a safe living, learning, and working environment to all citizens and visitors to the City of Belvidere. The members of the Belvidere Police Department will work with all person(s) or groups to enforce, and assist in the prosecution of all violations of laws and ordinances to assure these safe environments.