Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a school resource officer? A school resource officer, by federal definition, is a career law enforcement officer with sworn authority, who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work in collaboration with one or more schools.
- What are appropriate roles of school resource officers? The goals of well-founded SRO programs include providing safe learning environments in our nation’s schools, providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with youth, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protecting all students, so they can reach their fullest potentials. NASRO considers it a best practice to use a “triad concept” to define the three main roles of school resource officers: educator (i.e. guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.
- How many school resource officers are there in the United States? Nobody knows how many SROs there are in the U.S., because SROs are not required to register with any national database, nor are police departments required to report how many of their officers work as SROs, nor are school systems required to report how many SROs they use. A 2007 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that there were more than 17,000 SROs deployed in public schools nationwide, but the DOJ has not repeated that survey since. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), estimates that between 14,000 and 20,000 SROs are in service nationwide, based on DOJ data and the number of SROs that NASRO has trained. A similar, but slightly different question is, “How many schools use SROs?” The most recent available data on that comes from a 2015 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (a part of the U.S. Department of Education). It surveyed public schools in the spring of 2014. The Center reported that 30 percent of U.S. public schools who participated in the survey indicated that they had at least one full-time or part-time school resource officer during the 2013-2014 academic year. There were approximately 98,500 public schools in the U.S. that year, which means that approximately 29,550 schools had at least one school resource officer. Many SROs serve more than one school and some schools have more than one officer. One therefore cannot reliably extrapolate the number of SROs from the percentage of schools in the 2014 survey.
- How do I become a school resource officer? The first step in becoming a school resource officer is to become a sworn, career law enforcement officer. Typically, one becomes a law enforcement officer by applying to a law enforcement agency for employment and then completing the training that agency requires of its recruits. NASRO recommends that law enforcement officers receive a certain amount of street experience and complete specialized SRO training before being assigned to SRO positions. Not all law enforcement officers are well suited for the roles of SROs, so NASRO recommends that law enforcement agencies select carefully officers for this special assignment.
Website/member services FAQs
- Can I register someone from our department under my login/account? No. Do not try to register someone else under your name and information. Accounts/memberships follow each individual. If you attempt to register someone under your login/account, you are actually registering yourself and there is a transfer fee to transfer the registration to the appropriate person.
- How do I register myself or someone else for training? The person being registered must have a login/account of their own. If the person already has a login/account, please go to step two. STEP ONE – Create an account by going to the homepage and clicking “Join NASRO”. Complete each box and remember to write down your password. When you get to the bottom blue section, you will have a choice of the type of account. If you want to just register for a class or conference, you will select Basic and scroll to the bottom to enter the captcha code and click “Update & Check Details.” This will set up an account for you to be able to register for classes. STEP TWO – If you are not already logged in (if you are not sure, it will tell you that you are logged in at the top right side of the webpage), enter your email and password and click login (if you unable to login, please call 888.316.2776 to verify your password). If registering for a class, go to the Training tab and select the Training Calendar from the drop down. You can search for your class by State, Type of Training, or Date. Click on the training that you would like to register for and it will take you to the detail page. You will then click on register to register for this class and follow the directions.
- Do I have to set up an account every time I want to take a class? No. Please do not create a new account. If you have ever done anything with NASRO you already have an account. Your email address is your login in. If you cannot login, please call 888.316.2776 to verify information on your existing account. If you set up another account, it will cause issues with obtaining your certificates.
- How do I get a copy of my certificate if I attended a class? If you have attended a class, then you have a login/account. Your login is your email address. If you cannot login please contact our office at 888.316.2776. Once you are logged in, the first page will say “MY ACCOUNT” in gold letters on the left side of the page. Below that you will see “my account, my history, my certificates, etc.” Click on my certificates. You will see a chart that will show the events that you attended. You will need to complete the evaluation (found to the right of the event) before you will be able to download your certificate.
- How do I get a copy of my Membership card? Membership cards can be found under your “My Account” page on the lower right-hand side. Click “Print membership card.”
- Do I receive a free membership when I attend a class or conference? You will only receive a free membership if you paid the non-member rate for a class or conference or the early-bird conference rate.
- When will you have a class in my state? Classes are listed as they become available. Agencies that are interested in hosting a class in their area submit a host packet for approval. Once it is approved, it is immediately posted on the website. Monitor the website for new class postings. If you are interested in hosting a class in your area, please contact Kerri Williamson, Training Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Where are upcoming classes listed? Classes are listed under Upcoming Events on the Home Page. Due to the number of classes that we have on the schedule at one time, a complete list of classes can be found on the Training Calendar under the Training Tab.
- How many seats are left in the class before it is full? Seat availability and other needed information can be found under the specific class under the Training Tab.
- Can I hold/reserve a spot in a class? No. Spots cannot be held. If you register yourself in order to “hold” a spot, you will be subject to a cancellation fee/transfer fee. If you really need to get someone registered in a class but do not currently know who that person will be, please keep an eye on the number of seats remaining. If it seems to be getting close to full, contact our office at 888.316.2776 and we will see what we can do.