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School Resource Officer Section
The Norman Police Department currently operates a School Resource Officer program in partnership with the Norman Public Schools. The program was implemented in August 2016 with five commissioned law enforcement officers who are charged with providing safety and security services in schools across the district.
All five officers assigned to the School Resource Officer Section have participated in enhanced training and bring a wealth of experience to their positions. In addition to traditional police training, School Resource Officers have particiated in training offered by the National Association of School Resource Officers, as well as professional development focused on working with students who have special needs.
The initial five-year agreement calls for a multi-year implementation of the program. For the 2016-2017 school year, five officers will be employed. Two officers will be assigned to each high school and another officer will be assigned to be a rover between the three middle schools. At full implementation, there will be 13 officers dedicated to serving the schools. At that time, each middle school will have an officer and four officers will rotate between the elementary schools.
Norman Public Schools and the City of Norman will split the program cost. The pace of implementation is dependent on funding the school district receives from the state.
The district and police department worked together closely to clearly outline roles and responsibilities of each organization to ensure routine discipline issues continue to be addressed by school administrators, rather than by police officers. We will continue to utilize robust planning sessions and training to ensure best practices are in place for students' safety.
The School Resource Officer Section is part of the Uniformed Support Division under the direction of Lieutenant Chad Vincent.