Beyond the Badge: The Impact of School Resource Officers on Students

Last Updated 6/14/2024Posted in Latest City News, Homepage, Front & Center (Podcast)

How do School Resource Officers (SROs) foster trust with students and create lasting positive relationships law enforcement?  In our latest episode of Front and Center, we sit down with Sergeant Devin Schenz from the Statesville Police Department to uncover the answer. April and Nakayla take you through Sergeant Schenz's remarkable journey from a Patrol Officer to an SRO Supervisor, sharing his wealth of experience in criminal investigations and forensics. Learn about the everyday duties of SROs and how they ensure school safety while acting as invaluable community resources. From running clubs to stocking snacks in their offices, discover how SROs make schools a welcoming place for students.

Ever wondered what it takes to become an SRO? Sergeant Schenz breaks down the rigorous training and qualifications required, including courses in legal and juvenile law, crisis intervention, and active shooter training. We also discuss community engagement activities like "Popsicles with SROs" as a way to foster relationships with students year-round. It's all about maintaining a supportive and safe atmosphere, even outside the school walls. Sergeant  Schenz highlights the importance of building trust with students through consistent and respectful interactions, helping shift negative perceptions and creating a more positive school environment.

Find out how shared interests like dance, music, and humor can bridge the gap between students and officers. This episode explores the critical role of SROs in conflict mediation, classroom education on vital topics like suicide prevention and drug awareness, and mentoring students interested in criminal justice careers. We wrap up with heartfelt gratitude for our local law enforcement's tireless efforts in ensuring the safety and well-being of our children.

Tune in to hear Kayla's engaging stories from her experiences in schools and get a sneak peek at what's coming next in our ongoing series.

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