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The Bend Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) are sworn police officers who are embedded in Bend-La Pine School District schools, located within the city limits of Bend. The SRO position is a special assignment position within Bend Police Department, similar to the detective division or the traffic division in which the officers apply internally and are selected from within the department. 


Building Positive Relationships with Community-Oriented Policing 

The SROs take pride in working collaboratively with school administrators, teachers, students, parents and the communities that surround the schools to achieve a safe learning environment.  Building positive everyday relationships with these community members helps ensure trust and partnership so students can reach their fullest potential. SROs work hard to bridge the gap between law enforcement and youth so they feel safe going to officers for help. The connections made at this age helps build long lasting relationships between students and law enforcement well after students graduate.  

Just some of the roles and services SROs provide are:

  • Educator
  • Informal counselor/mentor
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Role model
  • Coach/cheerleader
  • Mediator
  • Lunch/basketball buddy 

 

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