A school resource
officer is a certified law enforcement officer who is permanently assigned
to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is specifically
trained to perform three roles:
1. law enforcement officer
2. law-related counselor
3. law-related education teacher
The SRO is not
necessarily a DARE officer (although many have received such training),
security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in
response to a crisis situation, but rather acts as a comprehensive resource
for his/her school.
The SRO's have several duties at their
schools, but their primary objectives are to protect the school, staff and
students, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, and to prevent juvenile
delinquency through close contact with students and school personnel. The
SRO's investigate delinquent acts within the school system and crimes within
the community that are school related. The SRO's are also responsible to
improve the image of the uniformed law enforcement officer in the eyes of
the students and community.
Holliston Police Department
· Holliston, Massachusetts · 01746
(508)429-1212 · Fax (508)429-0611
Ten Important Back-to-School School Safety Tips
your children to always TAKE A FRIEND with them when
walking or biking, and stay with a group while standing at the
bus stop. Make sure they know which bus to ride.
the route to and from school with your children pointing out
landmarks and safe places to go if they are being followed or
need help. Teach your children they should NEVER TAKE
SHORTCUTS and always stay in well lighted areas.
not safe for young children to walk to and from school, even in
a group. Parents should always provide supervision for young
children to help ensure their safe arrival to and from school.
If your children wait for a bus, wait with them or make
arrangements for supervision at the bus stop.
your children that if anyone bothers them, makes them feel
scared or uncomfortable to trust their feelings and immediately
get away from that person. Teach them it is ok not to be polite
and IT IS OK TO SAY NO.
your children if anyone tries to take them somewhere they should
RESIST by kicking and screaming, try to run away and DRAW
ATTENTION by kicking and screaming “This person is trying
to take me away” or “This person is not my father/mother”.
your children NOT TO ACCEPT A RIDE from anyone unless you
have said it is ok If anyone follows them in a vehicle they should
turn around, go in the other direction, and run to a trusted
adult who may help them.
your children that grownups should NOT ASK CHILDREN FOR
DIRECTIONS, they should ask other adults.
your children to NEVER ACCEPT MONEY OR GIFTS from anyone
unless you have told them it is ok to accept in each instance.
sure the school has current and accurate emergency contact
information on file for your children and confirm names of those
know where your children will be. Teach your children to always
CHECK FIRST before changing their plans before or after
school. Teach your children to never leave school with anyone
unless they CHECK FIRST with you or another trusted
The Mission of the Holliston
Police Department School Resource Division is, to provide a school
environment that is free of crime as well as the fear of crime and to
allow the school staff and students the ability to achieve their
education goals without distraction. The School Resource Officer (SRO)
works closely with school staff, social agencies, students and parents
and is included in all major discussions related to school safety. The
SRO is there to assist the administration and faculty in formulating
criminal justice programs that will continue to keep the students of
The Holliston Police School
Resource Officer provides services to the Holliston High School, Robert
H. Adams Middle School, Placentino and Miller Elementary Schools. The
office of the School Resource Officer is located at the Holliston High
you to get to know your SRO, ask questions and talk with the officer
about what is happening in and around your schools.