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History & Role of the SRO

History of the School Resource Officer

The first School Resource Officer (SRO) program was adopted in Flint, Michigan in the 1950s. Initially, plain clothes officers were placed inside elementary and middle schools to foster the relationship police had with youths and to protect the students and staff.

Since this time, the SRO program has evolved and expanded tremendously. Now, the SRO is a mentor and counselor to the students as well as a role model. In 2015, the Byron-Bergen Central School District contracted with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office to provide its first-ever SRO. At the start of the 2015-16 school year, Deputy Matt Butler started his assignment at the school. In the ensuing years, he has become an integral part of our district.

Role and duties of a School Resource Officer

  • To maintain safety within the school district for students and staff.
  • To enforce the law.
  • To provide a positive role model and mentor for students.
  • To serve as a resource between school administrators and the Sheriff’s Office.
  • To foster positive relationships between our youth and law enforcement.
  • To provide another resource to all students, staff, and parents.
  • To provide information and law-related presentations that directly affect the students’ health and well-being.
  • To be willing to perform any task that will benefit young people and create a better learning environment in our schools.
  • To work with school administrators in addressing problems that students of today face.
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