School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer position is a key component of the Baker City Police Department's community policing plans and crime prevention efforts within Baker City. The SRO program focuses on deterring and reducing crime in our schools and is equally important for fostering positive relationships with youth.
The Baker City Police Department’s School Resource Officer (SRO) is a sworn police officer assigned to the schools within the Baker School District. Although the SRO is primarily assigned to Baker High School, the SRO serves all other schools within the district: Baker Middle School, South Baker Intermediate School, Brooklyn Primary School, Haines Elementary School, and Keating Elementary School.
The SRO performs three major roles within the school district: officer, educator, and counselor. As a law enforcement officer, the SRO is responsible for investigating violations and crimes, and issuing citations and making arrests when necessary. The SRO assists school administration in maintaining a safe and secure environment on Baker School District campuses and also serves the surrounding community by addressing livability issues such as noise complaints, traffic violations, and vandalism.
As an educator, the SRO is a resource for teachers and students within the Baker School District. Presentations by the SRO compliment the school’s curriculum and give the SRO the opportunity to interact with students in the classroom. The SRO brings law enforcement experience into the classroom in order to educate students about the positive role of police in a free society.
As a counselor, the SRO can provide guidance to parents seeking assistance if they suspect their child is experimenting with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. And the SRO is another caring adult within the school community who lends a listening ear to students who want to discuss any variety of life issues they are encountering.
If you have any questions about the Baker City Police Department’s School Resource Officer program, please contact:
Officer Lance Woodward
541-524-2014 ext. 610