National Organization Trains Record Numbers of School Resource Officers

Sep. 16, 2019 — HOOVER, Ala. — A record number of people have completed courses taught by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) so far this year, the organization reported. By the end of August, 2,516 people completed NASRO’s Basic School Resource Officer (SRO) course. In all of 2018, 2,273 people completed that course. NASRO also reported record enrollment in the other courses it provides, including Adolescent Mental Health, Advanced SRO, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.

“Our training numbers indicate a growing, nationwide appreciation of the necessity of specialized training for carefully selected school resource officers,” said Mo Canady, NASRO executive director. “Our courses help law enforcement officers understand the stark differences between being a street cop and an SRO. Putting officers in schools without such training can lead to unintended consequences, such as unnecessary arrests of students.”

NASRO, a nonprofit professional organization, provides its classes at locations around the nation and internationally. It offers the classes wherever local agencies agree to host them. Anyone may register for any class, including people who are not local to host agencies. A list of currently scheduled classes appears on NASRO’s website.

The table below lists every course NASRO offers, the number of people who completed each between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 and the number who completed each during all of 2018.

Course Attendees Jan. – Aug. 2019 Attendees 2018
Basic SRO 2,516 2,273
Advanced SRO 599 531
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design 165 98
School Security Officer (for security personnel who are not law enforcement officers) 147 64
SRO Management 136 113
Adolescent Mental Health (first offered in 2018) 3,167 871

A school resource officer 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. NASRO recommends that agencies select officers carefully for SRO assignments and that officers received at least 40 hours of specialized training in school policing before being assigned.

Well-founded SRO programs provide safe learning environments in schools, provide valuable resources to school staff members, foster positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth, develop strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protect school communities, so students may reach their fullest potentials. NASRO uses 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.

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NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security and safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO is headquartered in Hoover, Alabama, and it was established in 1991. For more information, visit

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