The First Five Things An SRO Should Do (School Resource Officer Video Series)

As a School Resource Officer (SRO), success is not measured by arrests, control, or discipline, but by your ability to gain the trust of students and to help them grow. It is a big change, and an even bigger responsibility. But by taking a few simple steps, you can easily adjust to your new beat and start making a meaningful impact in students’ lives.

In this video, learn the first five steps you should take as a new SRO, including how to clarify your role and authority with school leadership, getting to know the staff and students, the importance of knowing your building inside and out, and how to become an immediate presence in your new community. You can turn on English or Spanish subtitles as you watch.

You can also download a poster with the key points: SRO Poster – The First 5 Things

Series description

School Resource Officers (SROs) are present in many communities across the country. SROs must be youth advocates, educators, and protectors of all students in the schools they serve. This video series helps SROs consider the way students think, how to connect with them, how to break down barriers to communication, and how to become a successful presence in their school.

The SRO video series is produced in partnership with Katherine Schweit, JD at Schweit Consulting and Rocket Media Group.

Series Playlist

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2m 52s

Topic Areas

School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement


Law Enforcement & First Responders