Advanced SRO Course

The Advanced School Resource Officer Course is a twenty-four (24) hour block of instruction designed for any law enforcement officer working in an educational environment. This course, following the SRO Triad model, advances the SRO’s knowledge and skills as a law enforcement officer, informal counselor, and educator.

Training topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Working Effectively with the School Community
  • Interviewing Skills for SROs
  • General Legal Updates
  • Technology and Social Media
  • Threat Assessment
  • Planning and techniques for major incidents to include utilization of Incident Command following the principals of NIMS and aiding the SRO in training school staff in IC.


The course will also provide additional skills and programs for the experienced School Resource Officer to identify and diffuse potentially dangerous situations on campus.

This course is taught in a three day, eight hour format. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am each morning and run until 5:00 pm each evening. Officers are required to attend all sessions in order to obtain the National School Resource Officer Advanced Course Certificate. Within this course are oral presentations, videotaped practical exercises and multiple discussions.


Course Outline

Day One

Day one begins with a brief overview of school based policing programs and the history of the SRO program.  The importance of the SRO in a leadership role and effective communication will be discussed.  General law updates will be explored by the attendee. The day will conclude with interview skills for the SRO.

Day Two

During day two, the attendee will learn the latest in technology and the impact on the school environment.  The attendee will also discuss threat assessment tools and Incident Command for the school setting.  Focus will be given to the SRO’s role on the school safety team.

Day Three

The attendee will participate in specific crime prevention techniques designed for the educational environment.  A major portion of the day is spent in an overall school safety assessment incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principals. Hands-on, practical applications are utilized, as the attendee will be required to visit a local school (when possible) and complete a comprehensive site survey of the campus. Time is allowed for presentation preparation.  Discussions allow for the attendee to seeking advice, additional information, or the opportunity to share experiences with the class.  A course review takes place before evaluations, certificates, and closing.