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School Resource Officer Program

The School Resource Officer Program is a proactive, innovative, problem-solving approach to assist in reducing crime by assigning specially trained certified police officers to each junior and high school in the parish. This program began with the assistance of a federal grant that allowed the Sheriff's Office to work with the school system on the implementation. The grant funding expired in 2005 and in now funded jointly between the school board and the sheriff's office. The program follows a national trend to responding to the increase of violence on school campus to not only students but to school administration. The goal is to offer a safe environment so students can learn and achieve without the fear of violence.

The SRO program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer's role is more than being a very active high profile law enforcement officer and includes being a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law related issues.

While the primary duty is to reduce crime and violence in the schools, SRO's often find themselves teaching classes, counseling students, and being a mentor to students at school. Besides working with individual students, SRO's also assist in community policing in the area surrounding the school. Some examples of community policing problem solving involve traffic issues, noise complaints, drug sales, and safety in nearby parks and business areas.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has twenty-eight school resource officers covering twenty-five schools in the parish. The officers are assigned to a school to be a direct link between the school and any issue that may need the assistance of law enforcement.

If you have questions about the program or have any issues you wish to address about a specific issue at school, you can e-mail nfontenot@cpso.com. Your question will be given to the officer assigned to the school and a response sent to you.

For additional information about the School Resource Officer Program contact our program supervisor, Lt. Mike Walker at (337) 491-3848 or by e-mail, mwalker@cpso.com.