Supervisors and Management Course

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has developed this three day (24 hr.) SRO Supervisors and Management course for police supervisors and school administrators who have the responsibility of implementing, supervising, managing, and evaluating school-based police officers and/or programs.  The goal is to provide managers with information, skills and strategies to develop, coordinate, and maintain a successful SRO program in their school community.

Throughout the country, the issue of school violence and the safety of students, faculty and parents at school has become an issue of great concern. Partnerships between law enforcement and schools can be an effective and comprehensive investment in enhancing the safety of our school communities. As the role of the school resource officer expands and becomes increasingly more complex, so too does the role and responsibilities of the person who manages the program. This three day course is designed to assist new and veteran SRO supervisors to develop and maintain the best possible SRO program for their community.

Who Should Attend

Strong, effective management is a cornerstone of an effective school resource officer program. The program supervisor must recruit, build and maintain a productive and successful unit. He or she must be able to work with a police administration, multiple police divisions, a school administration, city or county administrations, school boards, the business community, parents, neighborhoods and of course the officers they are assigned to manage.

A variety of skills are necessary to perform the SRO unit manager’s function. It is also necessary for school administrators to understand and have knowledge of the function of the SRO unit manager and the program. Participants who should attend this course include:

First level police supervisors who supervise an school-based policing unit

o    Corporals

o    Sergeants

Mid Management police supervisors who supervise school-based policing unit

o    Lieutenants

o    Captains

School Administrators who have law enforcement or security personnel in their schools

o    Principals

o    Vice Principals

o    District Administrators

o    Superintendents

School Security Managers

Course Outline

Day One

The course begins with an overview of school based police programs and the History of the SRO Program, including the Triad Concept. It is important for managers to have a firm understanding of the many roles and responsibilities a school resource officer balances day to day. To help facilitate healthy class interaction, a discussion generator will be introduced during the morning of this first day. The class participants will participate in a series of mock interviews and an SRO selection process to begin to gather the knowledge in building and recruiting a strong and productive SRO unit.o    History of School Based Policing

o    Triad Concept and the school based policing philosophy

o    Roles and responsibilities of the SRO

o    Writing and exploring mission statements and their purpose

o    SRO interviews and selection process

Day Two

The second day of class will focus on the partnerships that that SRO units should be forging. Tools will be given on how to evaluate and manage a SRO. Officer evaluation becomes important in the course of program management and attendees will have the opportunity to develop and implement an SRO evaluation. Every manager needs to have a good working method of evaluating their program, and handling problems that inhibit the growth of the unit and program.o    Police/School partnerships and contracts (MOU)

o    Supervising the SRO

o    Developing and objective evaluation

o    Evaluating the SRO

Day Three

By the third day, the attendees will have a working knowledge of the SRO philosophy, and how to recruit and build a program. Attendees will address issues regarding funding, gathering statistics, building partnerships and relationships, legal issues, and problem solving.o    Managing the program

o    Gaining department support for the SRO program

o    SRO/School Administration relationships

o    Crisis management and planning

o    School legal issues

o    Statistics and funding for your program

o    Course de-briefing and summary