The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is dedicated to making schools and children safer by providing the highest quality training to school-based law enforcement officers.
NASRO, the world’s leader in school-based policing, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security and/or safety professionals who work as partners to protect schools and their students, faculty and staff members.
NASRO developed the “triad” concept of school-based policing. It divides the school resource officer (SRO) responsibilities into three areas: teacher, informal counselor and law enforcement officer. By training law enforcement to educate, counsel and protect school communities, the men and women of NASRO continuously lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to school children and school communities.
School-based policing is the fastest-growing area of law enforcement. With more than 3,000 NASRO members around the globe, NASRO takes great pride in being the first and most-recognized organization for law enforcement officers assigned to our school communities. NASRO is available to assist communities and schools districts around the world that desire safer schools and effective community partnerships in developing the most effective programs for their communities.
SRO programs across the globe are founded as collaborative efforts by police agencies, law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and communities. The goal of NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments, provide valuable resources to school staff members, foster a positive relationship with students and develop strategies to resolve problems that affect our youth with the goal of protecting all children, so they can reach their fullest potential.
Our report, “To Protect & Serve: The School Resource Officer and the Prevention of Violence in Schools,” provides valuable statistics that document the benefits of appropriately implemented school policing programs.
Our “Position Statement on Police Involvement in Student Discipline,” provides important information on best practices for school policing as it relates to school disciplinary activities.
In association with the National Association of School Psychologists, we created “Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills.”