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 the school community.
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 the following topics: general safety, social media, alcohol and drug education, impaired driving, anti-bullying, inter-personal (domestic) violence, stranger awareness, pedestrian safety, life skills and the justice system. 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.
In addition to presentations and investigations, SRO’s take part in team sports, intramurals, one-on-one reading, arts activities and other school events.
There are fourteen 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, their families and 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.