School Resource Officers
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either an elementary, middle, or high school. The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement. The SRO position encompasses three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement. SRO's are not just "cops" on campus. SRO's provide all law enforcement duties on their campus. They educate the students by teaching law related classes and other related subjects in the classrooms and counsel both students and parents on various topics. The SRO becomes involved in the students' lives as a positive role model. The intent is that the positive experiences students have with the SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime.
In 2005 the Citrus County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Unit received national recognition as being a model SRO program. We take great pride in providing innovative educational curriculum.
The SRO Unit instructs the following programs:
There are currently 14 resource officers assigned to the schools. Each high school, middle school, and our alternative school (Renaissance Center) have a School Resource Officer. There are 4 Resource Officers that serve the 10 elementary schools. The program has 2 supervisors who divide the county and assist by providing additional coverage in the schools.
Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.
Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number, a way to submit tips via the Web and a way to text tips, to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information that will help law enforcement agencies fight crime.