ERIC Number: ED486271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-28
National Assessment of School Resource Officer Programs: Survey of Students in Three Large New SRO Programs. Document Number 209270
McDevitt, Jack; Panniello, Jenn
US Department of Justice
In this report, School Resource Officer (SRO) programs in four school districts are examined. The study was primarily concerned with what variables affect students' comfort level in reporting crimes to the SRO, and their perceptions of safety. The analysis was driven by data obtained through surveys of 907 students. Using these data, seven research questions were addressed: (1) Does frequency of interactions between students and SROs affect students' perception of safety? (2) Do positive opinions of the SRO affect students' perception of safety? (3) Is there a relationship between environmental factors such as neighborhood crime or past victimization and students' perception of safety? (4) Does frequency of interactions between students and SRO increase their comfort to report crimes to the SRO? (5) Does having a positive opinion of the SRO increase students' comfort level reporting crimes? (6) Do environmental factors or other variables negate the effects of interactions, positive opinions, or comfort reporting? and (7) Does being comfortable reporting crimes to the SRO affect students' perception of safety? Through univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis the authors were able to conclude that several factors are associated with students' comfort reporting crimes to SROs and their perceptions of safety in schools. Student Survey Questionnaire is appended.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.