The Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA) will continue the tradition of serving as Ohio’s leading authority, based on professional experience, on school-based policing with an emphasis on the safety of students, school personnel and others in the school campus environment.
The Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports school-based law enforcement (and other members) focused on a safe school learning environment. OSROA serves the school-based law enforcement needs of schools, communities and law enforcement agencies by providing the education, support and resources needed to build and maintain a safe and positive learning environment in Ohio’s schools.
The Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA) believes that the partnership between school personnel, students, parents and school-based law enforcement creates safer school communities in Ohio. OSROA considers the role of a School Resource Officer (SRO) as that of mentor, teacher, law enforcement officer and the first line of defense against violence in Ohio’s schools.
1. Advocate for School Resource Officers (SROs) and school safety.
2. Provide support for school-based law enforcement, OSROA members, and all safe school stake holders to effectively perform their duties.
3. Encourage the growth and viability of the Ohio School Resource Officers Association.
The “Promise” of an SRO Program
An SRO program is a "promising" strategy because it enables communities and schools to address school violence with both prevention and intervention techniques. Having an SRO on a school campus can deter problem situations from arising.
It can enhance a school's capacity to address its safety and security concerns. When problems do arise, SROs can intervene quickly to address what is taking place. SROs can contribute to safe school planning efforts and offer their schools a resource to turn to when emergencies occur.
Ultimately, the presence of an SRO assists in making the school safer and more secure for students, teachers, and staff. The entire community benefits as well because learning is more likely to take place in such an environment.