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