School Resource Officer I - Safety & Security
License and Certification Qualifications: Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Law Enforcement certification, pass a criminal history, psychological, and polygraph test, and valid Georgia driver's license required.
Education Qualifications: Associates degree in related field required.
Experience Qualifications: Five years of law enforcement experience required.
Skills Qualifications: Ability to communicate with others in an effective and tactful manner; ability to listen and respond to other's needs; ability to work in a school environment with young people, educators, and citizens; and ability to teach courses related to drugs, law enforcement, citizenship, criminal justice, safety, crime prevention, and law.
Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting the School Resource Officer II in cluster schools, consisting of several individual locations, assisting the school administration and staff in providing a safe and secure environment for students by proactively planning to prevent safety and security problems and by responding immediately to deal with any disruption or criminal activity, and instilling in students respect and understanding of the law through education and example.
1. Assist the local school administration.
a. Provide local school administrators and personnel with the resources to operate a safe and secure school.
b. Provide in-service training to help administrators be better prepared to deal with security-related matters.
2. Act as the liaison/facilitator between the school and local law enforcement agencies.
a. Coordinate the law enforcement efforts of the local jurisdiction relative to schools.
b. Work within a school cluster.
c. Develop a communication network between administration, staff, students, parents, and citizens.
d. Be a positive role model with the intent that the positive experiences students have will bridge the gap between students and law enforcement to prevent crime.
3. Maintain knowledge of procedures for dealing with public agencies that come into the schools to deliver subpoenas, interview students and/or teachers, and arrest individuals.
4. Reduce juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement.
5. Take law enforcement action as necessary to protect against unwanted intruders.
6. Assist, in a proactive way, the administration in developing plans for a safe school environment for staff and students.
a. Facilitate the completion of safety and security assessments and plan for improvement as well as emergency plans.
7. Plan and help conduct emergency drills on a routine basis.
a. Be able to set and reset fire alarms whether there is a drill or a real emergency.
8. Advise as to what law enforcement measures are appropriate when an incident is perceived as a violation of the law.
9. Be available for conferences and consultations with students, parents, and staff members to assist with problems of a law enforcement or crime prevention nature.
a. Make referrals available to other agencies within the school system and the community for additional assistance.
10. Create and maintain written case files of criminal acts by students and report of deprived, abused, or neglected children.
a. Share information with the administrator, school social worker, agencies in the law enforcement and judiciary systems, and the Department of Family and Child Services (DFACS) when appropriate.
11. Complete police incident reports for all thefts over $100, damage to property and accidents that occur within cluster, and at times, when called upon to work at other schools.
12. Be available to conduct presentations to student and parent groups, including the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), regarding law related areas such as drugs, crime prevention, safety, etc.
13. Be cognizant of any gangs and/or social groups existing at his/her school(s).
a. Share information with the administrator, Director of Safety and Security, student intervention coordinator, agencies in the law enforcement and judiciary systems, and DFACS when appropriate.
14. Be on call and serve at county disciplinary panels according to the schedule as prepared by the Director of Safety and Security, except when on approved absences.
15. Work with the district shop to ensure that each school's alarm system is functioning appropriately.
a. Review the false alarms and/or security breaches on a weekly basis.
b. Determine ways to minimize these problems/issues.
16. Maintain a master key and alarm access for all schools in the county in case of an emergency.
17. Report to appropriate agencies all student discipline information required by law and by district administrative procedures.
18. Review safe school checklist with administrative team and ensure it is filed on an annual basis as directed.
19. Monitor and respond as appropriate to truancy related issues.
20. Perform all law enforcement related duties in a highly professional manner consistent with established procedures and directives.
21. Perform other duties as assigned.