Cops in Schools Program Overview

The School Resource Officer (SRO) position is funded through a federal grant that encourages a connection between the schools, the police and the community.

Mission Statement:  A prosperous future for citizens of Seekonk depends, in large measure, upon the Town's ability to properly educate its children.  Effective schooling requires a safe and orderly environment in which learning can occur.  Consequently, the Seekonk Police Department, in collaboration with the Seekonk Public Schools, conducts the Cops In School (CIS) Program in order to provide school administrators and staff with law enforcement resources and expertise they need to maintain safety, order, and discipline in the school environment.  The CIS Program is intended to ensure no student's right to receive an education is abridged by violence or disruption.  The Seekonk Police Department has implemented the CIS Program in cooperation with the Seekonk Public Schools.  The program involves the assignment of a police officer to a public school(s) as an SRO.  With daily interaction between the school's administration and the SRO, it is important to establish, maintain, and update specific guidelines and procedures to be followed by the SRO and individual school administrators.  The success of this program relies on effective communication between the SRO, the principal, and other key staff members of each organization.

Purpose:  Problem solver and liaison to the community, educator, law enforcement/safety specialist

Areas of Focus:

Develop and/or expand crime prevention efforts for students
Educate students in crime prevention and safety, both in and out of school
Visit classes to discuss law related concerns
Develop or expand community justice initiatives for students.
Assist in developing school policy that addresses crime and recommend procedural changes
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