School Resource Officer Program
School Resource Officers (SRO) are committed to providing a safe campus and environment for teachers and students. Along with providing enhanced security, SROs are also dedicated to positively impacting students by investing in their lives in various ways.
SROs work with the Carroll Independent School District to provide students with important messages about bullying, cyberbullying, alcohol and drug abuse, internet and chat room safety, bicycle helmet safety, and more. They also serve as a positive role model to students through coaching and mentoring to help them make good choices and learn about the consequences of negative behavior.
The SRO is a resource for faculty and staff in crime prevention and developing security measures to make campuses safer.
As a law enforcement officer, the SRO responds to all types of offenses on campus, takes reports, and investigates criminal crimes involving youth, both on and off campus, acting as the first responding investigator and an expert in juvenile law. This expertise allows for a thorough investigation by officers most familiar with the needs of children in keeping with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. School Resource Officers enforce law violations only and do not enforce school rules, nor is their presence used to “persuade” compliance.
The Southlake Police Department is proud of the partnership created through the SRO program and the positive impact it has on faculty, teachers, students, and parents.
If you have any questions or issues or need additional information about the SRO program, don't hesitate to contact the Police Department at (817) 748-8114.
History of the SRO Program in Southlake
The partnership between the City of Southlake and Carroll ISD began in 1989 when the first DARE officer began teaching in elementary schools. As the Carroll Independent School District grew and the relationship between the City and the school district strengthened, Southlake Police Officers were assigned at secondary campuses.
From 2005 to 2013, Southlake & CISD schools operated with three (3) School Resource Officers (SROs). These officers were assigned to Carroll Senior High School, Carroll High School, and an officer who divided time between Carroll Middle School and Dawson Middle School. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, an SRO was placed in every CISD school. In 2018, an additional SRO was added to each high school; in 2022, the program was expanded again, adding four more peace officers for a total of 19: a Captain, a Sergeant, and a Corporal, who will lead a team of 16 SROs.