A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a deterrent to criminals entering our schools as well as criminal behavior by those on campus. They work with the school administration to ensure the best possible physical security for students and staff. They are a liaison who works to build relationships with the students, parents, and staff and someone the students can learn to turn to with questions or concerns. The SRO acts as a counselor, role model, and mentor who embodies someone that can be trusted. The building of this image and relationship can translate to all Brookings Police Department officers outside of the schools to develop good working relationships with youth so officers are seen as someone who can help them when they are in need.
“Currently, I co-teach a criminology class at the high school and I am available to guest lecture at any of the schools on a variety of topics related to law enforcement and being a good community member.
As the SRO, I serve as a mentor and lay counselor while working to foster the relationship between students, their families, school staff, and law enforcement.
I am grateful for this opportunity to serve with young people and to enhance and protect the Brookings community in this capacity.”
-SRO Rob Johnson