The school resource officers (SRO) work through a memorandum of understanding with the Iron County School District to provide the school district with four SROs. Two SROs are assigned to each of the two high schools and two SROs are assigned to the two middle schools and K-5 grade schools as needed. The SRO is a sworn officer assigned to a school on a long-term basis who has been trained to perform three major roles:
First and foremost, they are law enforcement officers whose primary purpose is to "keep the peace" in their schools so that students can learn, and teachers can teach.
Secondly, they are law-related counselors who provide guidance on law-related issues to students and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment.
Thirdly, they are law-related education teachers who provide schools with an additional educational resource by sharing their expertise in the classroom.
Beyond these identified roles and, perhaps most importantly, School Resource Officers are positive role models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today's society. Their presence in the schools sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable.
The Iron County School District and Cedar City Police Department work collaboratively to carry out the School Resource Officer Program. Daily, the program depends on the working relationships which exist between the School Resource Officers and School Principals.
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