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.”
Sociology and Anthropology
Miller, Trey, "The School Resource Officer in the United States Education System: An Investigation of the Perceptions of SROs Roles, Effects and the Militarization of Schools" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8698.
School Resource Officers, SROs
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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