School Resource Officers
The Tomball Police Department, in conjunction with the Tomball Independent School District, began utilizing D.A.R.E. in the late 1980s. Since that time, D.A.R.E. has been well received. In 2005, T.I.S.D. and TPD personnel assessed the needs of today’s youth and developed a new adaptive program to better serve and inform Tomball young people. The D.E.A.L. program, “delivering education and awareness for life,” was implemented. Students in the program are taught life skills, decision-making processes, coping with peer and personal pressure and accepting responsibility for one’s actions.
In an effort to provide Tomball Independent School District (T.I.S.D.) students with a safe and secure learning environment, T.I.S.D. and the Tomball Police Department implemented the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) program. The role of the S.R.O. is multi-faceted. S.R.O.’s enforce federal, state and local laws on T.I.S.D. property as well as build lifelong supportive relationships with the students. The S.R.O. acts as a liaison between T.I.S.D. and Tomball Police Department and ensures an open line of communication between the entities, students, and parents.
The School Resource Officer supports and facilitates the educational process within a school system by providing a safe and secure environment throughout the building and establishing meaningful relationships with students and staff. The goals of the S.R.O. program include providing safe learning environments on all campuses, providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with students, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting students, and protecting all youth and staff so that they can reach their fullest potentials.
Every S.R.O. attends training by N.A.S.R.O. (National Association of School Resource Officers) to obtain a Basic and Advanced School Resource Officer certification. Each year, our S.R.O.s attend S.B.L.E. (School-Based Law Enforcement) conferences to stay up-to-date on laws, crime trends, and training.
The S.R.O. provides parents with the opportunity to be involved and active in issues concerning the safety and welfare of their children. Annually, hundreds of students are instructed in tobacco awareness and personal choice safety regarding current trends practiced by young people. In addition to instructing students, the S.R.O. provides numerous hours of instruction to school district faculty and administration.
With our dynamic society, the S.R.O. has become a stabilizing factor in the educational and personal lives of the students, staff and faculty of the Tomball Independent School District.