School Resource Officers (SRO) are sworn police officers that act as the liaison between the police, school staff, and student body. A separate officer is dedicated to each of Crystal Lake’s three high schools.
The role of the SRO is to build relationships with staff, students, and parents. SROs actively watch for the early warning signs of school violence and take part in the conflict resolution process. SROs function as part of crisis intervention and response teams; they take incident reports and investigate criminal incidents that occur on school property. The SROs also participate in the SOAR (Student Organization Against Reckless Driving) program.
In the classroom, SROs conduct presentations on various law enforcement related topics, such as crime prevention, gang activity, rules of the road, as well as alcohol, tobacco, and drug issues. Each of the SROs are accredited juvenile officers who provide on-the-spot interventions and investigate social media related complaints within schools. SROs are commonly utilized as an informational resource for the students and staff.