ERIC Number: ED444083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Grant Funded School Resource Officer Programs.
Virginia State Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Richmond.
This report presents findings from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services ongoing evaluation of local School Resources Office (SRO) programs. Evaluation data were obtained from 3,244 Student Incident Reports (SIR), a survey of 2,067 school staff, a survey of 11,864 middle school and high school students, and 104 SRO quarterly Activities Reports. Of all SIR reported incidents, 48% were crimes against persons; 18% were property crimes; 10% were drug related; and 2% were gang related. The incidents occurred primarily outside the school building, in classrooms, and in school corridors. The average number of incidents per middle school grade was higher than that per high school grade. Nine types of offenses accounted for 68% of the incidents. Eight-five percent of the offenders were students, and 76% of these were male; 24% of the victims were school staff, and 50% of all victims were female. Quarterly reports provided evidence that SROs are actively pursuing the goals and objectives associated with their designated roles. SROs are also gaining acceptance as players in school disciplinary processes and are increasing the usage of school and community resources for resolving conflict, adding victims, and reducing the destructive impulses of at-risk youth. Overall, Virginia's SRO programming was found to be strongly endorsed by students and staff and vitally active as a force against school-based crime. (MKA)
Descriptors: Crime, High Risk Students, High Schools, Law Enforcement, Middle Schools, Police, School Safety, Student Attitudes
Crime Prevention Center, Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, 805 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. Phone: 804-371-0864; Fax: 804-371-0894.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia