School Resource Officers
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either a middle school or high school in Anderson County. This unit is under the Professional Standards Division. SRO’s are required to perform three vital roles in their assigned schools: law enforcement, law-related counseling, and law-related education. Through these roles, officers provide a service to the community by establishing themselves as a resource for teachers, students, and parents. This allows the program to provide a safe learning environment for children.
The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. The SRO position encompasses three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement. SRO's are not just "cops" on campus. SRO's provide all law enforcement duties on their campus.
They educate the students by teaching law-related classes and other subjects in the classrooms. In addition, they counsel both students and parents on various topics. The SRO becomes involved in the students' lives as a positive role model with the intent that the positive experiences students have with their respective SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement and, in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime.