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The Monroe SRO and DARE Program
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:10:16 PM - Monroe Ohio

The Monroe SRO and DARE officer has an important role to play in our school district. From providing law enforcement to working with students in the prevention juvenile delinquency the SRO or  School Resource Officer plays a large role guiding students in living within the law.

Furthermore or school resource officer is involved in the DARE program, which provides substance abuse prevention education.  From the DARE website, "D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives."

Who pays for this resource? I asked Bill Brock, City Manager for the City Of Monroe about funding of these programs. He said about the SRO/Dare program, "It is an assignment for an existing officer. The School pays for the officers time as SRO and Dare officer offset by the grant amount."

City Manager Brock went on to say, "The officer works a shift coinciding with the School schedule during the school year and is assigned to regular duties when school is out of session."

For more information regarding the Monroe DARE program visit the city website: http://www.monroeohio.org/dare-program/item/274-dare

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Reference: DARE America Fundraising
D.A.R.E. implementations exist in all 50 states in over 75% of this nation’s school districts, and in over 10,000 communities. D.A.R.E. implementations can also be found in 43 other countries. D.A.R.E. America is Not Asking Citizens for Donations

D.A.R.E. America has partnered with highly respected and well established retail sales organizations that provide to the public quality goods and services. The partnership provides to D.A.R.E. America a percentage of the net proceeds of the sale of these goods and services. The goods and services offered to the public are those they are familiar with and desire. Through the partnership with D.A.R.E. America, these goods and services are often provided at prices below that usually offered to the public.

Reference: School Resource Officer Job Description

The following is an example of a School Resource Officers Job Description, taking into account the postition three main roles and responsibilities: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and law-related educator.

1. Provide law enforcement and police services to the school, school grounds and areas
adjacent to the school. Investigate allegations of criminal incidents per police department policies and procedures. Enforce state and local laws and ordinances. Make appropriate referrals to juvenile authorities or other governmental agencies.

2. Work to prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact and positive relationships with students. In addition the SRO shall develop crime prevention programs and conduct security inspections to deter criminal or delinquent activities. The SRO should monitor crime statistics and work with local patrol officers and students together to design crime prevention strategies

3. Establish and maintain a close partnership with school administrators in order to provide for a safe school environment. Assist school officials with their efforts to enforce Board Of Education policies and procedures. Ensure school administrator safety by being present during school searches, which may involve weapons, controlled dangerous substances or in such cases that, the student’s emotional state may present a risk to the administrator. Assist school administrators in emergency crisis planning and building security matters. Provide a course of training for school personnel in handling crisis situations, which may arise at the school.

4. Be visible within the school community. Attend and participate in school functions. Build working relationships with the school’s staff as well as with student and parent groups.

5. Develop and implement classes in law related education to support the educational efforts of the faculty. Work closely with teachers in designing and presenting law-related topics and the role of police in our society.

6. Work with guidance counselors and other student support staff to assist students and to provide services to students involved in situations where referrals to service agencies are necessary. Assist in conflict resolution efforts.

7. Initiate interaction with students in the classroom and general areas of the school building. Promote the profession of police officer and be a positive role model. Increase the visibility and accessibility of police to the school community. 

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