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Independence Police Department

School Resource Officers

The City of Independence Police Department has three School Resource Officers. School Resource Officers are intended to make schools safer environments.  Statistics show that crime and violence is not necessarily happening in greater number in schools but that the incidents are more severe in nature. The SRO is assigned to a school to provide safety, security, and maintain order. The Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice define a School Resource Officer as:

A career law enforcement officer, with sworn authority, deployed in community oriented policing, and assigned by the employing police department or agency to work in collaboration with schools and  community –based organizations to:

(a) address crime and disorder problems gangs and drug activities affecting or occurring in or around the school

(b) develop or expand crime prevention efforts for students

(c) educate likely school-age victims in crime prevention and safety

(d) develop or expand community justice initiatives for students

(e) train students in conflict resolution, restorative justice, and crime awareness

(f) assist in the identification of physical changes in the environment that may reduce crime in or around the school

(g) assist in developing school policy that addressed crime and recommend procedural changes.