School Resource Officers (SROs) Programs
Law enforcement and local education agencies have a long history of partnering together for the safety of students. Strong relationships have strengthened the ability of both agencies to prepare for and respond to criminal and/or threatening incidents that occur in school settings. School resource officer programs provide the crucial link between school districts and law enforcement agencies in their continued efforts to establish and maintain secure and safe learning environments.
Hopefully, the information provided in this website will serve as a tool for school resource officers, administrators, teachers, parents and students. For general questions on school resource officer programs, please contact Mike Herrmann at (615) 741-3248.
Recommended Employment Standards for SROs
Tenn. Code Ann. 49-6-42 provides that the Commissioner of Education working with the Commissioner of Safety recommend “employment standards for the eligibility, qualifications and training requirements for school resource officers.” Below you will find those employment standard recommendations. You will also find guidelines for effective partnerships between local education and law enforcement agencies. Additionally, a contemporary definition of a school resource officer has been included. Several sample memorandums of understanding have also been included as examples for school districts.
Sample Memorandums of Understanding
School Resources Officers Defined and Employment Standards
- SROs Defined (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-4202)
- Employment Standards for School Resource Officers (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-4217)
Additional Web Resources
- Tennessee Sheriff’s Association
- Tennessee Police Directory
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
- Tennessee School Resource Officer Association
- National School Safety & Security Services
- National School Resource Officer Association
- Tennessee Statues & Constitution
- School Safety Advocacy Council
- Office of the Attorney General
- Missing & Exploited Children