School Resource Officer Program

The School Resource Officer (SRO) Program commenced in 2012 as a joint effort between the Liberal Police Department and USD 480. The SRO is under the direct supervision of the Liberal Police Department.

Duties & Responsibilities
The SRO Program places uniformed police officers in schools in an effort to create and maintain a safe learning environment. The SRO's 1st duty is that of a sworn police officer, investigating crimes and activities associated with criminal behavior.

They are not "campus police," but rather "police on campus" who promote a positive image through interaction with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We recognize that our youth are our future.

Types of Proactive Approaches
The SRO takes a proactive approach with the schools through:
  • Building healthy and trusting relationships
  • Encouraging a forward looking approach to deal with the pressures today's young people face through programs such as Gang Resistance Education and Training
  • Identifying youth at risk and intervening with appropriate action plans