NASRO executive director Mo Canady spoke about school resource officers (SRO), special needs students and school discipline during an appearance on a Web-based radio talk show, Education Talk Radio Aug. 20, 2015.
With regard to special needs students, Mo said, “It’s critical that the SRO be properly trained in understanding some of the special needs processes that are going on, some of the different categories, the laws that go along with it.” He said NASRO’s 40-hour basic SRO course has “a pretty significant block on special education.”
Regarding school disciplinary procedures, Mo said, “Those belong in the arena of school administration, and not the SRO.” He said school-based police should become involved when crime is committed. But he also pointed out that disorderly conduct is a crime in most states. “Is disorderly conduct the same thing in a school as it is out on the street, or in another public domain?” Mo asked. “I would argue that it’s not. As an SRO, you have so many more resources at your disposal on a school campus than you have out on the street. There’s more than one way to solve a problem like a child being disorderly. Schools have typically good plans in place for how to deal with that.”
Hear the entire 30-minute interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2015/08/20/school-safety-and-discipline-as-a-new-school-year-takes-shape