Florida Attorney General's Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute will be annoucning the next School Resource Officer Basic Class. Check back periodically for dates and how to register. Click here for more information.
The Florida Gang Investigator’s Association was formed in 1993, by criminal justice professionals, FGIA provides a professional organization for all those within the criminal justice system who share a common goal of intervening, preventing and enforcing suppression against criminal gang activity. Visit http://fgia.org for more information.
The Florida D.A.R.E. Officers Association will be offering a Florida Officer D.A.R.E. recertification course. Please click here for more information and how to register.
Recently, the US Departments of Education and Justice jointly released a set of resources which address improving school climates, ensuring safety, and supporting student achievement in our nation's schools.
Rethinking Discipline.Teachers and students deserve school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.
The resources include tools and guidance for LEAs and SEAs to responsibly incorporate School Resource Officers (SROs) into the learning environment. Last week's announcement also highlighted resources for campus police.
Administrators, educators, students, parents and community members can find on this site tools, data and resources to:
Increase their awareness of the prevalence, impact, and legal implications of suspension and expulsion;
Find basic information and resources on effective alternatives; and
Join a national conversation on how to effectively create positive school climates.
To read more on these new resources, click HERE.
H ISTORY: The School Resource Officer (SRO) program in Florida is dynamic, innovative and flourishing. It encompasses 100 percent of the state with some form of the program in every county, despite the fact there is no specific funding or state agency regulating School Resource Officers.
The Attorney General’s Office, in 1985, developed the first 40-hour Basic Training Course adopted by FDLE to train SRO’s with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to implement crime prevention programming in a school setting. The definition of a School Resource Officer encompasses three major components of his/her job: that of law enforcement, education, and counseling, which is a pro-active approach to law enforcement through positive role modeling. These three components allow the SRO to promote positive relations between youth and law enforcement, which encourages school safety and deters juvenile delinquency.
The Attorney General’s Office has presented over 260 SRO classes to over 12,000 participants and continues to design classes for specific needs and agencies. The Attorney General’s Office realizes the importance of agencies successfully working in partnership to develop effective prevention programs and strategies for students and campuses. Together, the Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) have jointly provided a number of trainings throughout the years to meet those needs.School Resource Officer Practitioner Designation (SROP)
The Attorney General’s Office awards a designation to experienced SROs who attend a minimum of 130 hours of juvenile-related courses through the FCPTI. This designation recognizes officers who demonstrate their commitment to the School Resource Officer program through the hours spent in furthering their education and knowledge. To earn the School Resource Officer Practitioner Designation, a participant must successfully complete the 40-hour SRO Basic Training course and then 90 hours of SRO instruction offered through FCPTI in the form of workshops and seminars.
To download a SRO Practitioner Designation Application, just click the link provided. Practitioner Designation Application.
T he “SRO Specialist” recognizes those SROs who have earned 88 hours of juvenile-related training from the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute (FCPTI). There are two curriculum paths to this recognition.
I. Option = 88 hours:
II. Option = 88 hours:
To download a SRO Specialist Application, just click the link provided. SRO Specialist Application.