School Resource Officers (SRO) is a partnership between Elko County School District, Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Elko Police Department and Community members. The SRO program was started in January of 2015; through the COPS grant program and donations from Elko County School District, Elko County, Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Elko City, Elko Police Department and Pace.
The School Resource Officer positions are filled by one Elko County Sheriff’s Sergeant and includes two Elko Police Department Officers and two Elko County Sheriff’s office Deputies. These five officers cover 14 schools with combined experience of over 75 years.
The SRO program’s philosophy is Community Oriented Policing, which promotes organizational strategies supporting systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques. Also the philosophy addressed the immediate conditions which rise to public safety issues in our schools and communities such as crime, Social Disorder and Fear of Crime.
Community Oriented Policing Comprises of Three Components:
Community Partnerships: Allow for partnerships between the law enforcement agencies, schools, organizations and individuals to develop solution to problems. The objective is to increase in trust with Police Officers and Sheriff Deputies.
Organizational Transformation: Helps create an alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel and information systems to support community partnerships.
Problem Solving: The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and evaluate effective responses.
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