School-based Law Enforcement

Resources and best practices for working with law enforcement officers assigned to promote safe learning environments in a school or group of schools.

The Next Five Things an SRO Should Do (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In an earlier video in our SRO series, you learned the first five things an SRO should do. This last video of the series shares the next five things you should do.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
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School Policing Programs: Where We Have Been and Where We Need To Go Next

This National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report on the state of school policing in the United States examines the current role of police in schools and provides recommendations on how they can better serve the needs of students.
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TOPICS School-based Law Enforcement TYPE Reports
Publications

School and Law Enforcement Partnerships Learning Community

Participants in this multi-session learning community will discuss partnership successes and barriers and learn tools to formalize valuable school safety relationships.
TOPICS Coordination with First Responders, School-based Law Enforcement
Learning Communities

Autism Spectrum Disorder (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In your role as a School Resource Officer (SRO), you can model respect for behavioral differences through the way you support a student with ASD or other developmental conditions. 
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
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Cultural Differences: Who Knew? (School Resource Officer Video Series)

As a School Resource Officer (SRO), you are vital in bridging cultural differences and creating a climate of inclusion, ultimately making your school a safer and richer place.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Why Aren’t They Telling You? (School Resource Officer Video Series)

In this video, learn more about what goes through a students’ mind when they hear something disturbing but choose not to report it, and the different ways you can remove barriers and build trust between yourself and your students.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

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

You’ve been assigned to a school as a new School Resource Officer (SRO). Now what? In this video, learn the first five steps you should take as a new SRO.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
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The Teen Brain (School Resource Officer Video Series)

Unlike traditional law enforcement officials, School Resource Officers (SROs) work almost exclusively with young people, so it is crucial they understand how students think and make decisions. But that is no easy task.
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TOPICS School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos

Crisis Timeline and Law Enforcement

In the second episode of our podcast, our guests describe the parts of the crisis timeline and the role of law enforcement in school safety.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, School-based Law Enforcement
Podcasts

What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse contains a collection of evidence-based education programs and research.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Mental Health, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

CrimeSolutions.OJP.gov

CrimeSolutions.OJP.gov is a Clearinghouse with information on crime & crime prevention, juveniles, law enforcement, and technology & forensics.
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TOPICS Campus Security, Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Coordination with First Responders, Mental Health, Notification Technology, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse

The Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse was created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to support the reopening and continuing operations of schools.
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TOPICS Campus Security, Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Coordination with First Responders, Mental Health, Notification Technology, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

SchoolSafety.gov

SchoolSafety.gov is a clearinghouse of resources related to safe schools.
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TOPICS Campus Security, Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Coordination with First Responders, Mental Health, Notification Technology, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Social Media, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

Youth.gov

Youth.gov is a Clearinghouse with information on creating safe and healthy outcomes for youth.
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TOPICS Campus Security, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, Coordination with First Responders, Mental Health, Notification Technology, School Climate, School Drills, School-based Law Enforcement, Social Media, Threat Assessment
Clearinghouses

School Safety Success Stories: Atlanta Public Schools Case Study

There is more to being an SRO than simply serving as a law enforcement officer. Chief Ronald Applin of Atlanta Public Schools details best practices for SRO training.
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TOPICS Comprehensive School Safety Plans, School-based Law Enforcement
Videos