The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids. NASRO, the world’s leader in school-based policing, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 with a solid commitment to our nation’s youth. NASRO is an organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend.
NASRO was founded on the “triad” concept of school-based policing which is the true and tested strength of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The triad concept divides the SRO’s responsibilities into three areas: Teacher, Counselor, and Law Enforcement Officer. By training law enforcement to educate, counsel, and protect our school communities, the men and women of NASRO continue to lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to our Nation’s youth.
School- based policing is the fastest growing area of law enforcement. With over 3,000 NASRO members around the globe, NASRO takes great pride in being the first and most recognized organization for law enforcement officers assigned in our school communities. NASRO is available to assist communities and schools districts around the world that desire safe schools and effective community partnerships in developing the most effective program for their community.
SRO programs across the nation are founded as collaborative efforts by police agencies, law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and communities. The goal of NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments in our nation’s schools, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster a positive relationship with our nation’s youth, and develop strategies to resolve problems affecting our youth with the goal of protecting every child so they can reach their fullest potential.
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“SROs are not responsible for school discipline. We are there primarily to secure the school and to ensure the safety of the students and staff. Even in the most challenging situation, including a non-compliant student, there are other resources to respond to the situation other than force.” That’s what NASRO first vice president Don Bridges told the New Journal and Guide newspaper for a story about the roles of school resource officers.
2015 NASRO school resource officer of the year Shane Woodall of Maydan, N.C., is raising money to take a group of special needs high school students and their parents on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando,
NASRO first vice president Don Bridges told “Morning Edition” host Linda Wertheimer that school resource officers are “the greatest thing since sliced bread” during an interview on the NPR news show Nov. 12. Don went on to explain how carefully selected,
Basic school resource officer training should include “at least some concepts related to understanding the teen brain and adolescent emotional issues, all those things you’re dealing with in the school environment,” NASRO executive director Mo Canady told the Columbia, S.C.
A school resource officer “has to be one of the best officers in your department,” NASRO executive director Mo Canady told the CBS News website “48 Hours’ Crimesider.” “They’re going to be among your most visible officers, and your most-well known in the community.”