A Charles County Public Schools survey has given the Maryland system’s School Resource Officer program strong support, with 90% of respondents saying the presence of SROs is either extremely important or important to them.
According to the survey, 72.97% said it was extremely important to have SROs assigned to schools; 17.43% said it was important. A little over 6% of the 5,627 respondents — which included students, parents, school system staff and community members — said it wasn’t needed.
Asked to describe the role of the SROs program in maintaining a safe learning environment, 71.85% said it was extremely important; 16.28% said it was important.
Nearly 74% of respondents said CCPS should have a School Resource Officer in every elementary school.
The numbers dropped somewhat when people were asked if SROs build positive relationships within the school community: 51.57% strongly agreed and 18.71% agreed. When asked whether the officers promoted a safe learning environment, 53.58% strongly agreed and 20.21% agreed.
When it came to asking if SROs provide an atmosphere of support and nurturing, the numbers tumbled a bit again, with 49.14% saying they strongly agreed and 19.23% saying they agreed.
The online survey ran from March 17 to March 23. Full results are available online.
The SRO program started in 1999.
Fifteen officers are currently listed online.