School Resource Officer
Since the 2001-2002 school year, the Fairview Heights Police Department, in partnership with Pontiac-William Holliday School District #105 and Grant-Illini School District #110, has provided the services of a School Resource Officer (SRO.)
The School Resource Officer concept is nationally recognized as a program that utilizes an experienced law enforcement officer in the school setting on a full time basis. The program is a team effort between police departments and members of the school community cooperatively addressing issues that impact the safety, learning environment, and other community concerns in and around the school setting. The SRO program is an integral part of the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Each school becomes the School Resource Officer’s “community” to provide a full range of personalized police services.
Placing a police officer in the schools is not a response to serious problems that exist within the schools. Rather, it is a proactive approach to cooperatively identifying and crafting solutions to potential issues before they occur. Seeing a police car on school property is a sign of progress not problems.
Since its inception, the SRO program has seen a number of successes. As a community liaison, the SRO has assisted in coordinating the efforts of school personnel with community support services in resolving community related issues within the schools. Classroom presentations have given the SRO an opportunity to promote a better student understanding of our laws and the role of law enforcement in the community. The SRO’s regular presence in the schools has provided an opportunity for ongoing positive interaction with studenrs and school staff and has fostered a positive relationship with the school community.
In June of 2006, the School Resource Officer Program and the DARE Program were consolidated and a School Resource/DARE Officer was assigned to a specific school district.