School Resource Officer Committee

Purpose/Committee Charge

  1. Examine the current role of the SRO (School Resource Officer), and determine if changes or adjustments need to be made to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of all of our students.

  2. Make recommendations to the MTSD Board of Trustees in a Community Forum presentation (below).

The Committee

To ensure non-bias, diverse, perspectives the committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members.
 

Administrators

Mary Jane Stinson, MHS
Megan Smith: MMS
Kurt Vogelpohl, MES

Teachers:

Maryann Carlson, MHS - Rowland Fellow
Rob DeCicco - MMS

Students:

Alexis Troville (8th grade)
Addison Tenny (8th grade)
Otis Hecker (10th grade)
Raneen Salha (11th grade)
Mekhi Lee (11th grade)
Megan Humphrey (12th grade) - Student School Board Rep
Mariam Pakbaz (12th grade)

Community Members:

Steve Laroche (Milton PD)
Scott Philbrook (Milton PD)
Chris Taylor (Selectboard)
Jessica Summer (MYCC)
Ron Lafond (parent)
Joe Duquette (parent)

SRO History

  • SRO program started with a national grant offering school resource officer funding with a graduated scale.
  • Officer Centibar: 2004-2007
  • December 2012 Sandy Hook created a sense of urgency for School Security based on national events
  • Officer Philbrook: 2013-2018
  • Officer Raymond: 2018-present

Survey Results

Survey questions were carefully curated by the SRO committee.

Student Surveys

The SRO Committee surveyed the student population of 5th through 12th grade in the Milton Town School District and received 361 responses to the survey.
 
# of Student Survey Responses Based on Grade
They were asked a series of questions based on the SRO's role in the school district.
  • Have you had any interaction with the School Resource Officer (SRO)?
  • If yes, how helpful was the interaction?
  • How important do you feel it is to have an SRO at school?
  • How comfortable do you feel speaking and interacting with our SRO?
  • How safe do you feel with having an SRO present?
  • Do you feel comfortable reporting information to the SRO?
  • How do you feel about having access to a resource officer at school?
  • Why did you choose this rating? Please select from the options below: [Safe]
  • Why did you choose this rating? Please select from the options below: [Comfortable]
  • Why did you choose this rating? Please select from the options below: [Supported]
  • When you are faced with a challenging situation at school, who do you access?
  • Given the role of a school resource officer (building community, providing emergency response support), is there anything else that would feel would be more helpful to our school community?
 
You can view the summary of results from the survey by viewing the Community Forum Presentation (below). Here are some highlights from the survey results.
 
Have you had any interaction with the School Resource Officer (SRO)?

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How safe do you feel with having an SRO present?

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Do you feel comfortable reporting information to the SRO?

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Faculty & Community Surveys

The SRO Committee surveyed the student population of 5th through 12th grade in the Milton Town School District and received 361 responses to the survey.
 
They were asked a series of questions based on the SRO's role in the school district.
  • The SRO provides a program of law and education and/or safety-related issues within the school setting. This includes various course and grade level educational presentations related to law, community health, and safety. It also includes training students and staff in MTSD emergency protocols.
  • The SRO provides information to the broader school community, including parents, on issues such as crisis management, substance abuse, violence prevention and diffusion, and other safety issues in the school community. (Example: ALICE Training for parents)
  • The SRO builds relationships with students, staff, and families both inside the school buildings and within the community. (Examples: eating lunch with student groups, student drop off at each school, community support networking with families and students)
  • The SRO provides additional supervision at school events (dances, football games)
  • The SRO assists in student truancy; which is unexcused and extended absences. The SRO may be called upon to conduct a well-child check home visit or assist with the school to family communication.
  • The SRO serves as crisis commander in the event of a critical incident, both on campus and within the vicinity of any school property.
  • The SRO assists district administrators with potential disturbances and/or situations where the safety of others is at risk and that may occur on school property during school hours or at school events.
  • The SRO assists district administrators in responding to criminal activity that may have occurred on school grounds during and/or after school hours. (For example, vandalism, theft, physical assault, etc.)
  • The SRO may share information with district administrators as it relates to community criminal activity, community, and/or domestic disturbances that may have an impact on students in school and/or general school safety.
  • The SRO may serve as a consultant to district administrators as it relates to community criminal activity, community and/or domestic disturbances that may have an impact on students in school and/or general school safety. (This may include a safety plan, issue of a no-trespass order, etc.)
  • The SRO only responds to student behavior when it pertains to preventing a disruption that would, if ignored, place students, faculty, and staff at risk of harm.
  • The SRO serves as a deterrent for potential criminal activity that may occur during the school day/on school grounds.
  • Police uniform (including that of the SRO) is governed by Milton Police Department policies and union agreements to include both a firearm and a bulletproof vest. Aside from these criteria, would you be in favor of other modifications to the SRO uniform?
  • If Milton is to continue with an SRO, what is your preference for their scheduled hours?
  • If Milton is to continue with an SRO, their schedule should be assigned to:
  • I think the SRO supports a positive connection between the school and the community.
  • I think it is important for school leaders to focus on educational programming and allow the SRO to support them by taking the lead with safety training, protocols, and programming.
  • I think it is important for the SRO to assist teachers with classroom instruction on topics related to safety and community connections.
  • I think the SRO provides value to the MTSD school community.
  • I think the presence of an SRO in a school setting may contribute to some students and/or their families feeling unsafe and/or uncomfortable.
 
You can view the summary of results from the survey by viewing the Community Forum Presentation (below). Here are some highlights from the survey results.
 
The SRO supports a positive connection between the school and the community.

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The presence of an SRO in a school setting may contribute to some students and/or families feeling unsafe and/or uncomfortable.

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The SRO provides value to the MTSD school community.

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Would you be in favor of modifying the SRO uniform?

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Please direct questions or inquiries about the SRO, SRO Committee, or board process to the district office.