STUDY TOPIC: Full-time Police Assignment to Schools: Should the SRO (School Resource Officer) programs in area schools be discontinued or maintained as is?
We will be gathering data from local schools on police interactions with students (including those related to suspension/expulsion) and conducting interviews with school officials with the following things in mind:
- SROs in B-N: cost to districts, history of the programs, purpose, selection, training, and oversight
- Policies of school districts regarding when SROs can and cannot be used to conform to a new state law in effect since 9/15/16
- Regional Alternative School, downtown Bloomington: criteria for referring students there; how successfully they are reintegrated back into their regular school; challenges and successes
- The national debate on police in schools: academic studies (law, criminal justice, sociology), viewpoint of SRO and ogher law enforcement agencies.
If you are interested in helping with this study, please contact Julie Prandi at: