The Regina Police Service School Resource Officer Program utilizes the concept of community policing with officers acting as a resource to faculty, students, parents and community within a school environment.
A police officer is assigned to each Regina high school, and also carries responsibility for a number of elementary schools. Each School Resource Officer (SRO) has an office within his/her high school(s) and interacts with students, teachers, school staff and parents on a daily basis. School Resource Officers provide education on safety, substance abuse, life skills and the justice system to Elementary and High School students. SROs also investigate complaints to police involving schools. In some cases, mediation brings about a successful resolution to the complaint; in other cases a criminal charge may result.
There are thirteen School Resource Officers assigned to Regina’s high schools and elementary schools.
School Resource Officer Program Goals
- To develop positive attitudes toward police officers and to develop positive relationships between youth and the police
- To provide administrators, counsellors and teachers with a resource in the areas of law and police work in the community
- To provide information to students on the law, the work of the police, and legal consequences.
- To provide individual counselling and assistance to students relative to the law.
- To gather information on youth activities in schools and the community.
- To reduce crime on school property and in the community, now and in the future.
- To help to create a safe school environment.