School Resource Officer Program
The School Resource Officer (SRO) Program was created in 1993 in cooperation with Grants Pass School District 7. The main purpose of the program is to formalize a joint effort between Grants Pass School District 7 and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety to provide a safe and secure learning environment for everyone in the school community.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety currently has one SRO, the officer, is responsible for Grants Pass High School, North Middle School, South Middle School, Gladiola Alternative School, and 6 elementary schools.
The SRO program has had tremendous benefits for both School District 7 as well as the Police Department. Together we strive to build positive working relationships where we're able to proactively prevent incidents, share critical information to deter current and future incidents, and work to be positive role models for the students.
Our School Resource Officer maintains a high profile in and around School District 7. His duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Counseling and mentoring
- Enforcing the District 7 Attendance Initiative
- Ensuring compliance of state law and city ordinances
- Offering instructional and teaching opportunities within the classrooms
- Providing resources to staff, students, and parents
Student Public Safety Academy
One of the newest ventures for the SRO is the facilitation of a Student Public Safety Academy. The academy is taught as a semester-long class and provides students with a better understanding of all public safety aspects.
Juvenile Department Meetings
The School Resource Officer also attends and facilitates meetings with the Juvenile Department to include District 7 administrators and staff and probation officers from the Juvenile / Adult Probation and Parole Departments. The goal of the meeting is to discuss issues involving juveniles and other community and school related matters.