SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER (SRO) PROGRAM
Having a School Resource Officer in a school does not mean that the school is unsafe.
It does mean that the community is taking positive and proactive steps to create orderly, safe, and secure schools.
The Windom Police Department in partnership with the Windom Area School District has a full time officer, Officer Dana Wallace, assigned to the Windom Middle/High School and Winfair Elementary. The SRO receives special training, which includes National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) certifications in school safety and curriculum presentation.
Working hand in hand with the administrators in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school children of today.
To develop a partnership between law enforcement and the school community that provides a safe environment in which teachers, students, parents and the community can fulfill the mission and goals of the school district.
The School Resource Officer will promote a safe learning environment and act as educational resources. The partnerships will enhance problem solving capabilities and increase crime prevention, thereby reducing the incidence and fear of crime in schools.
- To build partnerships between students, teachers, parents and police.
- To enhance problem solving capabilities and increase crime prevention, thereby reducing crime and fear of crime in schools.
- To assist schools in the development and implementation of security measures.
- To assist schools in the identification of students at risk and develop strategies of prevention/intervention.
- To provide educational instruction on a variety of youth related topics.
- To provide mentoring and role modeling resources for students.
The School Resource Officer program is based on three concepts: classroom instruction, school safety, and mentoring.
Through the cooperative efforts of SROs and educators, the program complements the school’s curriculum with classes relevant to the needs of our youth.
- Classes for students
- Parent/teacher workshops
- In-service training
The safety aspect of the School Resource Officer program aims to make schools safer, thereby fostering better learning environments. The SRO works with school administrators, teachers, parents, and students to establish and maintain security procedures that emphasize safety and crime prevention.
- Emergency operations
- Crime prevention and response
- Security plans and protocols
- Security supervision
- Environment and design review
SRO’s interact and work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators during the school day, and participates in school-related extra-curricular activities. Informal interaction also provides a good opportunity to reinforce the lessons or answer questions that students were afraid to ask in front of a group. The program promotes youth/police interaction, trust and communication, and students often share crucial school safety information with the officer.
- Informal interaction
- Student activities
- Formal mentoring programs
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Police Department or Windom Schools Administrators.
Officer Dana Wallace is available during normal school hours – 7:30am – 3:30pm