Developing two case studies on school resource officers (SRO) located in different school environments, this study evaluates the perceptions of both SROs as well as various staff members from each school on the roles, effects of each SRO as well as the militarization of their school by as searching to answer three questions. What is the nature and extent of the security at schools with SROs present? When you bring police officers into a school environment, what are the potential roles? What are their perceptions of those roles? How do they perceive the effects of their presence in the school environment?

The results of this investigation suggest that the participating SROs do not perceive themselves negatively impacting the school environment nor do the questioned staff members. The perceptions of the questioned individuals and participating SROs lead the findings of this investigation to show that these SROs contribute to the safe learning environments of their schools. Further, as reviewed literature notes, the findings of the developed case studies show that the participating SROs do not perceive themselves to contribute to what is known as the “school to prison pipeline.”


McConnell, David


Sociology and Anthropology


School Resource Officers, SROs

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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