The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a partnership between the Frisco Police Department and the Frisco Independent School District. SROs are full-time Frisco police officers assigned to all secondary schools within the FISD.
The SROs serve three fundamental functions in their role as a school resource officer:
1. Law Enforcement Officer
The primary purpose of the SRO program is the reduction and prevention of crimes committed by juveniles and young adults.
Additional goals of the program include: establishing a rapport with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators; creating and expanding programs with vision and creativity to increase student participation; present a positive image for students; and provide safety for students and others within the school district.
The Frisco Police Department’s School Resource Officers are involved in a variety of department programs, including:
Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California, and was developed in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program curriculum (which is frequently updated and reviewed to meet our changing times) covers such topics such as how to say no to peers, taking responsibility for one’s behavior, building self-esteem, and alternatives to drug use.
D.A.R.E. is currently taught in all 50 states and in many foreign countries, with programs/curriculum for parent programs and all school grade levels. Also, the curriculum consists of 10 weeks of instruction by the D.A.R.E. officer and is delivered to all FISD 6th grader students.
Junior High Police Academy
Frisco School Resource Officers instruct a one-week “police academy” for junior high students during the summer. Students must complete a background check and submit an essay to be considered for the academy.
Students get to experience hands-on police work and get to use a radar gun, ride along with officers during traffic stops, learn about police equipment, procedures, and other issues confronting youth. This educational program promotes leadership while building character.
Shattered Dreams is a two-day program designed to drive home dangers of drinking and driving and educating students about a sobering statistic: Every 15 minutes someone in Texas is injured or killed by a drunk driver.
Using dramatization, Frisco police officers, firefighters, and air ambulance crews respond to a staged, mock DWI crash outside one of the Frisco high schools. On the first day and prior to the staged crash, students view a 10-minute video showing the “mock” events leading up to the crash.
Emergency crews simulate medical treatment for students portraying "victims" and other students, posing as the "drunk driver", are subject to a "mock" arrest and jail book-in. Even a "Grim Reaper" appears in classrooms every 15 minutes, selecting students to illustrate Texas' sobering statistic.
Students selected as “living dead” return to class in white face makeup and instructions not to talk. Parents are tasked with writing obituaries and the living dead spend the night away from their families and friends.
On the second day, students attend a mock funeral, followed by an assembly. Student actors will share their impressions and community leaders will talk about teenage alcohol abuse. Shattered Dreams is a cooperative effort between the Frisco Independent School District, the Frisco Police Department, the Frisco Fire Department.
Vacation Safety School
Vacation Safety School is a one-week summer program designed to teach personal safety skills to elementary school-aged Frisco children. Each session is open to 20 children, ages six to nine. Look for an application with class dates and times. Information is sent home with FISD elementary students following Spring Break.
The Frisco Fire Department also participates by letting children get an up-close look at fire engines and sharing fire safety education tips. Parents are welcome to attend a graduation ceremony, while each student receives a graduation certificate.