Riverside Police Department

Special Operations Division


School Resource Officer FAQs

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  • What is a School Resource Officer?

    School Resource Officers (SROs) are assigned to several public schools in the Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts. They investigate crimes occurring on or related to their assigned campus, interview suspects and witnesses, and file cases with the District Attorney’s Office.

    Their main objective is to act as a liaison between the district campuses and the Riverside Police Department. The primary responsibility of the SRO is to provide a police resource to the assigned public schools. The SRO assists the school administration in maintaining a safe and secure environment. School administrators benefit from the SRO’s training, knowledge and experience in handling situations involving possible weapons violations or in the identification of controlled dangerous substances. The SRO provides a highly visible presence to deter or identify trespassers on campus.

    School Resource Officers are also responsible for educating and mentoring our youth. Anti-gang and anti-drug awareness education is presented by the SROs, in keeping with the department’s Community Oriented Policing philosophy.

  • How do the School Resource Officers impact the schools?

    Communication between the students and the police is increased and respect is created. The SROs encourage students in their role of taking responsibility for their decisions. Mutual understanding and partnerships between students and the police are fostered. In addition, schools have an immediate police presence to assist with a safe educational environment.

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Riverside Unified School District

Alvord Unified School District

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10540 Magnolia Ave. #B
Riverside, CA 92505
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