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School Resource Officer
The school resource officer, SRO program is a nationally recognized program involving the placement of a law enforcement official within the educational environment. Officers within the school environment act as active law enforcement officers, classroom instructors and as a resource to students and staff for conferences and counseling. Even though school resource officers work in close contact with the schools, they remain employees of the police department.
School resource officers are required to have a minimum of three years work experience and possess the willingness to work with young people. Duties and responsibilities of the SRO include but is not limited to:
Providing security in and around the schools, reporting dangerous practices and conditions.
Conducting investigations of criminal or delinquent activity according to police policy and procedures.
Enforcing traffic and parking laws on school property.
Assisting with truancy investigations.
Instructing classes on such topics as, crime prevention, drug and alcohol education and the criminal justice system.
Most importantly, the SRO will act as a role model to students by demonstrating appropriate attitudes, behavior and respect.
Ptl. Lisa Esposito is the current School Resource Officer.
Having officers in the schools allows students and teachers to become more comfortable with the police while getting to know the officers and understanding their job. SRO’s work toward building community partnerships and decreasing juvenile crime through building trust and understanding with the community.
New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act
The New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act is a law that allows a person to give up an infant anonymously. This law protects unwanted babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned. For more information on this protection act please visit the safe haven website here.