ERIC Number: ED458338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
The School as "The Beat": Law Enforcement Officers in Schools. Center.Link Research Bulletin, Volume 1, Number 3.
North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence, Raleigh.
Assigning law enforcement officers to cover schools full-time as their beats proactively addresses concerns about juvenile crime and violence. The Center for the Prevention of School Violence trains School Resource Officers (SROs) and implements and evaluates SRO programs. In 1996, it developed a profile of officers serving North Carolina schools, using a questionnaire mailed to SROs and to law enforcement officers attending a 1997 National Association of School Resource Officers conference. About 48 percent of the respondents were city police officers, and 45 percent were sheriffs' deputies. Respondents were 74 percent white and 22 percent African American. They had wide-ranging experience in law enforcement. Most officers had attended training specifically to prepare them to be SROs. Just over half were responsible for only one school, and most covered high schools or middle schools. Nearly 80 percent worked in open-ended assignments. Officers spent about half of their time on law enforcement duties, 30 percent of their time on law-related counseling, and 20 percent of their time on law-related education teaching. Most performed the typical duty of inspecting their schools to improve physical security. Officers participated in numerous school activities. (SM)
Descriptors: Delinquency Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Enforcement, Police, School Community Relationship, School Safety, Violence
Center for the Prevention of School Violence, North Carolina Department of Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 313 Chapanoke Road, Suite 140, Raleigh, NC 27603. Tel: 800-299-6054 (Toll Free); Fax: 919-773-2904. For full text: http://www.cpsv.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence, Raleigh.