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Sharing our vision for School Resource Officers

 

Monroe One BOCES’ School Resource Officer program is a decade in the making and a point of pride for everyone involved. The work done to implement the program effectively was presented by Dr. Ellen Howe and Dr. Jim Colt at the School Administrators Association of New York State’s annual conference. The Unstuck: Pushing Through to Change Conference was October 28-30 in Cooperstown.  

This year’s conference featured keynotes, speakers, spotlight presentations, panel discussions and more than 30 tabletop workshops by member practitioners. Dr. Howe and Dr. Colt spoke about how Monroe One’s SRO program was developed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to protect our schools and to maintain an atmosphere where students, teachers, and staff feel safe. 

A primary goal of the SRO program is to develop positive relationships with students and staff to promote communication and build trust. To do that, the SRO position focuses on serving as an educator, law enforcer, and mentor. 

As an educator, the SRO works with classroom staff to increase student, staff, and community awareness of personal safety and choices. As a mentor, the SRO creates positive relationships with the school community. As a law enforcer, the SRO provides police services to the school, school grounds, and areas adjacent to the school. 

In an effort to provide opportunities for the SRO to be an active member of each Monroe One school community, a calendar of instructional units was created for the SRO to collaborate with school leaders to participate in.  

Through its annual conference, SAANYS aims to improve the quality of education through leadership, vision, and coordinated action.