The mission of the School Resource Officer, or SRO, is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff at the public schools within the City, and to act as a liaison between the school administration and the Police Department.
Responsibilities of a School Resource Officer
SROs take reports of crimes that have been reported at the school, which frees up Patrol Officers from having to respond.
SROs are responsible for traffic control in the morning and afternoon for vehicles arriving at and leaving the school.
SROs teach classes on subjects such as bicycle safety, bullying, stealing, building good character, anti-smoking, animal safety and fire safety.
SROs constantly walk the school campus to make sure that everyone there has a legitimate reason for being on school grounds. All exterior doors are checked to make sure they are secured so that no one can enter the school without going to the office to sign in.
SROs spend a lot of time interacting with students to let them see that law enforcement officers are approachable and are there to help them if needed.
SROs help during special events at the school such as field days, assemblies and sporting events.
SROs participate in a mentoring program at the schools. A student who is having a hard time fitting in or seems to be having problems getting along with others is assigned a mentor, who may be a teacher, a member of the school staff or an SRO. Mentors work with the students one on one and teach them the importance of getting along with others and good citizenship.
St. Cloud Police Department provides crossing guards the training and resources in order to safely and adequately assist the children of our city. Crossing guards attend an approved eight hour Department of Transportation course which outlines training and safety requirements to be used during the course of their shift.
The crossing guards are outfitted with reflective vests and traffic stop signs to allow them to easily be seen while in the performance of their duties. Crossing guards are required to have patience and a keen eye for safety issues. The position is part-time and allows for the crossing guards to work mornings and afternoons at an assigned post. They are valued employees who are critical in assisting our children when crossing the roadways safely to and from school.
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