The Juvenile Bureau of the South Kingstown Police Department works in conjunction with the School Resource officer and school administrators and faculty to create a safe and healthy environment for our youth. The Juvenile Division works closely with the Family Court and other agencies and resources using multiple strategies to maximize our youths potential and minimize their risk of harm. It is the goal of the Juvenile Division to assist any youth in need so they can develop into healthy and productive members of society.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
Resource Officer Program is a nationally accepted program involving the
placement of a full time law enforcement officer within the educational
environment. In September of 2007, the Town of South Kingstown
introduced its first School Resource Officer (SRO). This officer was
placed within the South Kingstown High School.
South Kingstown High School is a diverse educational setting comprised of about 1200 students and 150 Faculty, Staff, and Administration. The SRO serves the SK community by acting as a resource to students, parents, faculty, and the administration on a variety of issues. The SRO's role, defined by NASRO, is the TRIAD concept. The TRIAD concept defines the multi-role of the school resource officer. The South Kingstown SRO works as a Teacher, Informal Counselor, and Law Enforcement Officer.
One of the chief goals of the SRO program is to bridge the gap
between police officers and young people, and increase positive
attitudes toward law enforcement. Other important goals include but are
not limited to: teaching the value of our legal system to students,
promoting respect for people/property, taking a personal interest in
students and their activities, teaching students how to avoid becoming a
victim through self awareness and crime prevention, and the reduction
of juvenile crime by helping students formulate an awareness of rules,
authority and justice.