The School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) Program
The SRO Program was begun with the intent to improve community relationships by participating with students in a non-confrontational setting and working with faculty and parents in the educational process. This is done by establishing rapport with the students and being available for them when they have questions or concerns, by establishing programs in concert with the school administration to address safety and security issues as well as educational programs and by acting as a counselor/mediator for the parents as well as the students.
Officer Barrett is assigned to the school district full time, 40 hours/week, to SRO duties. The Perry Township Police Department and Perry Local School's have an excellent working partnership. Much of the success of this position only exists because of the relationship of both entities. Officer Barrett's office is located inside the front doors of Perry High School.
Some activities of the SRO include:
1. First and foremost the safety of both the students and staff;
2. Address crime and disorder problems on campus by taking enforcement action when necessary however, they will conduct investigations as needed, but will focus on prevention;
3. Meet with consultants and research new innovative ways to make each building more safe;
4. Determine the best way to conduct each emergency drill (i.e. Code-Red, Lock-down, etc.);
5.Follow-up on investigations that are forwarded from the patrol division;
6. Attend extra-curricular activities held on campus when possible;
7.Teach law-related educational topics to government classes;
8. Work with Officer Watson in police department's summer camp, known as P.R.I.D.E.
Officer Barrett can be reached at the S.R.O. Office during school hours at (330) 477-4644 Ext. 169