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The Horseheads Police Department and the Horseheads School District recognize that specific needs may vary from school to school. Thus, to be successful, this program must be flexible and adaptable to the particular needs of different schools. The Police Department works closely with School District officials, teachers, parents, and students to determine how to best serve the particular needs of each school.

Program Goals

  • To provide a timely and effective police response to law enforcement needs that arise in the school setting;
  • To identify and pro-actively intervene to resolve school-related problems and issues; and
  • To build a better relationship between the police and the youth of our community.

Duties of the School Resource Officer

Law Enforcement

The SRO provides direct police services. This includes visible police patrol in and around the school, investigation of crimes that occur on school grounds, response to calls for police service on school grounds, removal or arrest of trespassers or other law breakers on school grounds, advising school officials on security and crime prevention matters, and assistance to other components of the Police Department investigating school-related crimes. Also, the officer is able to utilize his or her expertise to advise and assist school officials investigating infractions of school rules and regulations. The officer works with the Youth Court Coordinator, Chemung County Family Court and Youth Services and school officials to facilitate the resolution of school-related matters through the Youth Court and/or Family Court process where appropriate.

Education

The SRO may on occasion when requested by the appropriate school personnel, make classroom presentations or arrange for other police officers and subject-matter experts to do so in areas such as drug and alcohol abuse, personal safety, crime prevention, drinking and driving, criminal law and procedures, and law enforcement careers.

Advisement

The officer is available to advise students at their request and to meet with them in either a group or individual setting to discuss matters of concern. The officer will also be available to meet with school staff and parents to advise them on law enforcement matters and student welfare matters. The officer will be able to direct individuals to other available services and agencies where appropriate. The officer will be available to participate faculty and administrators meetings, and other school events.

Coordination

The officer will work closely and coordinate activities with officers from other law enforcement agencies performing similar school-related functions in other police jurisdictions within the School District.

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