Basic SRO Course

The Basic School Resource Officer Course is a forty-hour (40) block of instruction designed for any law enforcement officer with two years or less experience working in an educational environment and school administrators. The course emphasizes three main areas of instruction:

  • Functioning as a police officer in the school setting
  • Working as a resource and problem solver
  • Developing teaching skills

Attendees will gain a solid working knowledge of the School Resource Officer concept and how to establish a lasting partnership with their schools.

The course is taught on a five day, eight hour format. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am each morning and run through 5:00 pm each day.  Attendees are required to attend all sessions in order to obtain the National School Resource Officer Basic Course Certificate. There is a written examination, multiple discussions, and at least one graded practical exercise for each student.

Who Should Attend:

The School Resource Officer Program is a true Community Based Police program. Although many of the officers attending our courses will be assigned as School Resource or School Liaison Officers, the course is designed to benefit school administrators working with law enforcement and any law enforcement officer working with youth, or in an educational environment.

This includes:

School Resource Officers
School District Officers
DARE Officers
GREAT Officers
Juvenile Officers
Community Officers
School Security Officers
School Liaison Officers
School Administrators
Probation Officers


Course Outline

Day One
The course begins with an extensive overview of school based police programs and the History of the SRO Program. Time is spent discussing the Roles and Responsibilities of a school based police officer and integrating that officer into his or her school community. Attendees will be taught the Triad Concept reminding them that the SRO needs to balance the role of law enforcement officer with that of an informal counselor and educator. The remainder of the day is spent preparing the SRO for Public Speaking and Classroom Preparedness. An explanation of Law Related Education will cover the main objective for an SRO’s educational program. Attendees will be required to participate in a brief public speaking exercise.

Day Two
The attendee will spend a major portion of the day developing skills necessary for their role as a teacher. Instructional Techniques and Teaching Skills are covered as well as time for Lesson Plan Development. NASRO does not supply a pre-packaged curriculum, but rather emphasizes the skills necessary to create individual lessons and curriculum based on the needs of the schools served. By sharing classroom scenarios and student personalities, the attendees will understand the need for proper Classroom Management. Time will be allowed at the conclusion of the day for attendees to research and prepare individual lesson plans.


Day Three
The role of “informal counselor or problem solver” is probably one of the most important roles the School Resource Officer will assume for their school. The attendee will have an opportunity to role-play and contribute experiences as a law enforcement officer. The class will then start the transition to problem solver within the school and working with adolescents. Additional topics emphasizing the adolescent and potential problem areas include discussions on Child Abuse, Adolescent Stress, Dysfunctional Families, and working with Children with Special Needs.


Day Four
School Safety focuses on the SRO’s role as both a resource provider and law enforcement officer. This includes maintaining a safe school environment and a broad discussion on topics related to school safety including handling assaults, theft, burglary, bomb threats, weapons, alcohol and drug incidents. Complementing school safety issues is a block of instruction on Emergency Management or “Crisis Planning”. The course will examine the main points of a school crisis plan and discuss the SRO’s responsibilities during a crisis or potentially dangerous incident.


Day Five

Crime Prevention is an integral part of a School Resource Officer’s role in the schools. Time is spent examining ways the SRO can be a resource in the area of Crime Prevention with special emphasis on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. A block of information on Substance Abuse issues is covered as well as an important discussion on School Related Law. A course review takes place before a final, written exam is administered and course certificates are issued.