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Title: School Resource Officer Evaluation Phase One
Author(s): Amy C. Eisert M.S.
Corporate Author: Ctr for Schools & Communities
United States of America
Date Published: September 2005
Page Count: 86
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Schools & Communities
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Grant Number: ME12087
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
P. O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Phase one summary findings are provided from a 2-year evaluation to assess the value of the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program and identify the critical components for a successful program.
Abstract: The support of school administration for the SRO Program was strong. Of those participating, 13 districts were no longer receiving State funding. Twelve of those schools had continued the SRO program through other funding sources after State grant funds expired. Support of the SRO program was also apparent through responses of the student, parent, and teacher surveys. Commonalities were identified among programs, such as Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between law enforcement and school administration. Higher-ranking programs reported maintaining consistent contact with their law enforcement supervisor, and indicated that law the enforcement supervisor visited the school site periodically. School administrators stressed the importance of the personality of SROs, responding more favorable to SROs that had volunteered for the position as opposed to being assigned. The Center for Schools and Communities received grant funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to conduct a 2-year evaluation of all SRO programs in the State of Pennsylvania receiving State funding for their programs. This evaluation identified the best practices of SRO programs with the intended goal of developing a best practice manual for SRO programs within the State. In year one, phase one of the evaluation, 24 school districts were identified as having received or currently receiving State funds for the SRO program with 12 participated in the survey portion of the evaluation and 21 participated in the interviews. This report outlines the findings of the evaluation for the first year. Appendixes A-E
Main Term(s): School delinquency programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Pennsylvania; Police community relations; Police school relations; Police-citizen interactions; Program evaluation
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