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What is the role of a School Resource Officer (SRO)?

A School Resource Officer is a sworn law enforcement officer trained in emergency preparedness, crisis management, community police concepts and problem solving who are assigned to work as a liaison to Somerset County Public Schools.  All enforcement actions will be taken in accordance with appropriate Federal, State, County and Local laws and involved law enforcement agency policies and procedures.   Additional responsibilities include serving as a mentor and positive role model to students.   School Resource Officers wear the complete uniform, including all issued equipment for patrol deputies while on duty at his/her assignment.  All School Resource Officers have completed the Maryland Model School Resource Officer Training which is a required training approved by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.  Somerset County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers have also completed the Nations Association of School Resource Office (NASRO) Basic Training Course.  Every School Resource Officer strives to work closely and cooperatively with the school’s teachers, guidance counselors and administrators.  School Resource Officers are not used to enforce SCPS polices, rules, regulations and/or procedures but will assist as permissible by law.  Anyone with questions regarding the School Resource Officer’s duties or responsibilities can inquire further at 410-651-9225.