Here is a great parental (and student) resource, it is a video on Internet Safety by Officer Gomez from Meridian Police Department.

Office: 208-392-4183 ext. 257 or at the Boise County Sheriff’s Office 208-392-4411

Duties and Responsibilities of the School Resource Officer

The SRO functions as the Sheriff’s designee when assigned or when the Chain of Command dictates the same. The below job description details typical tasks of the position, but is not intended to be all-inclusive.

The SRO should promote the profession of Sheriff’s Deputy and be a positive role model.

The SRO should strive to increase the visibility and accessibility of law enforcement to the school community.

1. The School Resource Officer serves many purposes. Three major parts of the job are:

  • Law Enforcement: The SRO enforces the law occurs when it is necessary. The SRO is required to investigate crime and take people to court or make arrests. In the absence of crime in our schools more time can be spent concentrating on positive and productive things.
  •  Education: The SRO will be a guest speaker in the classrooms. Classes are given on subjects such as: the effects of drugs on the body, legal and school consequences for getting caught with illegal substances, domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, conflict resolution, etc. The SRO should also be available to help students with individual projects.
  • Specialized Counseling:
    The SRO is at school to answer student’s questions and help them with their problems at school or at home.

2. Some of the other SRO’s duties are:

  • Establishing and maintaining a close partnership with school administrators and other school personnel in order to provide for a safe school environment.
  • Serving as a role model to students.
  • Deterring misconduct through prevention and intervention.
  • Assisting the school administration when others commit acts of violence or other crimes.
  • Serving as the liaison between the police department and the school.
  • Assisting staff with classroom activities involving instruction on various criminal justice/crisis issues.
  • Assisting with security, safety and crisis planning of schools and their grounds.
  • Assisting school officials with their efforts to enforce school committee policies and procedures.
  • Sustaining the reality that our school is a safe learning environment.
  • Providing teacher and staff training.
  • Acting as a resource to parents.
  • Providing alcohol and other drug resistance education and prevention.
  • Providing career counseling to students interested in the law enforcement field.
  • Assisting in making appropriate referrals to service agencies, etc when necessary
  • Being visible, proactive, available, and professional within the school community and with student interactions.
  • Promoting and using restorative justice concepts and practices

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state. Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender shows the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.