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School Resource Officers
Overview

DeSoto Police Department has partnered with the DeSoto Independent School District to establish the use of School Resource Officers (SRO). School Resource Officers are assigned to and have offices at DeSoto school campuses.

G.R.E.A.T Summer Program Announcement

The Desoto Police Department School Resource Officer Unit will be hosting this year’s 2014 G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program at Amber Terrace Elementary School from the dates of June 09, 2014 through June 27, 2014. All 5th through 7th grade students are eligible to participate in the Desoto Police Department’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program.
Download the application below, pick one up at your school's front office, or see your campus SRO. Return the application to your school's front office. Deadline for turning in initial applications is April 30, 2014. Space is limited.

Click here for the application.

SRO Impact
 
School Resource Officers perform many functions during their tour of duty. They provide security and law enforcement on district campuses, as well as offer students another counseling resource in times of need.

 School Resource Officers teach special curriculum classes called GREAT and LETS, which are designed as preventatives for drug and gang involvement as well as introduction to law and judicial concepts.
 Various life-skills such as decision-making, self-confidence building, peer pressure reversal techniques, dealing with bullies, and character education are taught in age-appropriate curricula during these programs. More information about anti-bullying found here.

Gang prevention awareness tips for parents

Gangs and Community Response (Office of the Attorney General)

 School Resource Officers also provide investigators and patrol officers with intelligence on criminal activity, including activity of suspected gang members. School Resource Officers also spend after school hours with parent conferences as well as making presentations to the PTA.