As students, educators and staff, we all want to feel safe in our schools. One way that schools try to ensure this is by having School Resource Officers (SROs) on campus. SROs are law enforcement officers who are assigned to work in schools to help maintain a safe and secure learning environment.

Not only can SROs provide a sense of safety and security, but they can also serve as a valuable resource for advice and guidance. However, building a relationship with an SRO can be challenging, especially if you don’t know where to start. In this post, we’ll explore some strategies for building relationships with school resource officers.

Get to Know Your SRO

Take the time to introduce yourself to your SRO and get to know them. Ask them about their job and what they do on a daily basis. This will help you understand their role in the school and build a relationship with them. Start conversations with them, and get to know them personally. This will help see SROs in a different light and also maintain a relationship of respect.

Invite SROs to Attend School Events

Attending school sporting events, assemblies, dances and other activities will make students and faculty more comfortable with SROs being around. These are great settings to strike up conversations and get to know them better.

Ask for Advice

SROs are often trained in conflict resolution and can provide valuable advice on how to handle difficult situations. If you’re struggling with a problem at school or at home, don’t be afraid to ask for their input. They may be able to provide a fresh perspective and help you find a solution.

Participate in Programs

Many SROs are involved in programs that promote positive behavior, advocate against alcohol and drug use, and prevent bullying. Participating in these programs not only helps you build a relationship with your SRO, but it also helps you develop life skills.

Show Appreciation

Finally, don’t forget to show your appreciation for your SRO. Whether it’s a simple thank you or a small gift, letting them know that you value their presence and support can go a long way in building a positive relationship.

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