The Oklahoma City Police Department’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit provides 25 full-time Oklahoma City police officers, sergeants and lieutenants to the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) system in order to protect our city’s schools, students and staff. Our officers help guard all of OKCPS’s high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.
Partnering with OKCPS in this way allows us to serve three missions:
We PROTECT Oklahoma City schools. Our School Resource Officers (or “SROs”) are full-time, fully equipped and armed uniformed Oklahoma City Police officers. Every day they patrol our schools, and ensure the schools are safe, protected and secure against any man-made or natural threats that may arise.
We MENTOR Oklahoma City schoolchildren. By having actual uniformed police officers in the schools, students can come to know police officers as real people, and not just see them as stereotypes or strangers. Throughout the school years, our SROs form strong relationships with the students they protect, and are a source of mentoring, counseling and encouragement.
We TAKE POLICE ACTION when the need arises. Even in the best schools, students sometimes make bad choices and crimes are committed. When this happens, our SROs consult with the staff, the student and the student’s parents in order to determine the best course of action. When serious crimes occur, SROs are sometimes forced to cite or arrest students or unruly visitors, but always only as a last resort.