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School Resource Officers: The Facts

Carleton University researchers Linda Duxbury and Craig Bennell have released an extensive two-year Carleton University study of Peel Regional Police’s $9-million School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  The study is based on a survey of nearly 1,300 Grade 9 students and 100 interviews with SROs, their supervisor, school administrators, and students in five Peel Region high schools. The researchers reviewed daily records kept by SROs and shadowed them during their working hours on 10 occasions. They also conducted a social return on investment analysis (SROI).  It’s a superb, evidence-based study based which can be accessed here.

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) recently surveyed Ontario police services (PSs) on their current deployment of School Resource Officers (SROs). Here is a summary of the responses

  • Total number of survey sent to PSs: 65
  • Total number of responses: 42
  • 21 PSs indicated that they have Full Time SROs while 21 indicated that they did not
  • 28 PSs indicated that SROs duties form part of the overall duties for some police officers while 13 indicated that no Part Time SROs duties are assigned to officers
  • 38 PSs indicated that SROs were in both school systems while three (3) answered “Not Applicable”.  One service noted that they assign Special Constables to SRO duties.
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