School Resource Officer (SRO)
Supervisor: Sergeant Jason Skoczylas
The SRO program, implemented in September of 2002, was designed to make the best use of available resources and to reach as many students as possible in all grades, K-12. The School Resource Officer unit comprises seven police corporals who are assigned to Fordson High School , Dearborn High School and Edsel Ford High School on a full-time basis. Officers are also responsible for the middle and elementary schools in their particular district.
The main focus of the School Resource Officer Program is based on a community policing philosophy of joint problem solving, instead of making arrests or writing citations. Officers spend the majority of their time in schools, and work in conjunction with parents, and other social agencies to solve problems and make appropriate referrals. Officers also attend sporting events, school events, field trips, Clean-Up parades, the Memorial Day Parade, Career Days, Safety Town, Law Day, Public School Athletic League District Basketball Tournaments, as well as several other events each year. SROs give several presentations each year and provide fingerprinting services at various special events.
Beginning in March 2020, the Youth Bureau and School Resource Officer Program deviated from their routine duties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They assisted schools with the transition to online learning, provided security to buildings and grounds, and distributed meals to students. They also supplemented the Patrol Division by providing high visibility patrol to neighborhoods, hospitals, senior citizen complexes and COVID-19 testing sites.
In the News:
Press and Guide – School District and Community Partners
Dearborn Public School Blog – Meet Our SRO
School Resource Officer Program