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What is a School Resource Officer?

Visible, active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law-related issues

Classroom resource for instruction in the following areas: law-related education, violence diffusion, safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention and other areas

Member of faculty and administrative team working hand in hand to solve problems in school community

Resource for students which will enable students to be assocaited with a law enforcement figure in the student's environment

Resource to teachers, parents, and students for conferences on an individual basis, dealing with individual problems or questions

Counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment but may be of law-related nature


Goals of the School Resource Officer Program

Bridge the gap between police officer and young people and increase positive attitudes toward law enforcement

Teach the value of our legal system

Promote respect for people and property

Reduce juvenile crime by helping students formulate an awareness of rules, authority and justice

Allow students access to the legal system

Give students a realistic picture of our laws and legal system so they will have an investment in supporting and improving it

Teach students how to avoid becoming a victim through self awareness and crime prevention

Fairfield Community High School

The City of Fairfield School Resource Officer program was started in December of 1999 with funding from a School-Based Partnerships Grant. This grant allowed an officer to be assigned to Fairfield Community High School. During the 1999 - 2000 school year, the officer's main task was to gather information concerning verbal and written threats and fights.

In September of 2000, the City of Fairfield was granted a COPS in Schools grant. This grant funds one full-time police officer to be assigned to the high school for three years as a School Resource Officer. The fourth year's salary for the School Resource Officer will be equally paid by the City of Fairfield and the FCHS Board of Education.

Due to the promotion of Brent Maguire to Sergeant, Officer Charles McMeen was assigned as the School Resource Officer in December 2003.

Roles and Responsibilities of the School Resource Officer

Work closely with school principal, meeting at least on weekly basis

Provide a program of educational leadership to students addressing various issues

Act as a communication liason with other law enforcement agencies

Gather information regarding potential problems such as criminal activity and identify particular students who may be a disruptive influence to the school and/or students

Take steps appropriate and consistent with a law enforcement officer's duty when a crime occurs

Refers students and their families to the appropriate agency for assistance when a need is determined

Attend meetings of parent groups and faculty-wide in-service sessions

Available for conferences with students, parents, and faculty to assist with problems related to law enforcement and crime prevention

Confer with school administration to develop strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations on or near the campus

Attend school functions and extracurricular events