School Resource Officer Unit
The Community Services Section currently has ten certified police officers that serve as School Resource Officers (SROs) for the Chandler, Kyrene and Mesa Public School Districts. These officers are assigned to Chandler secondary schools for the entire school year. The schools served by these officers include Chandler High, Hamilton High, Basha High, Bogle Junior High, Anderson Junior High, Willis Junior High, San Tan Junior High, Summit Academy, Pueblo Middle School, and Aprende Middle School. All ten of the SRO positions are grant funded through the Arizona Department of Education. These grant funds are applied for and administered by the school districts. Seven positions are in the Chandler Unified School District, two in Kyrene Unified District, and one in Mesa Unified District.
The SRO’s provide an individual service to the parents, students, and staff of the schools they serve. First, they provide an enforcement presence on campus and take the appropriate police action when needed. Secondly, they serve as a resource to the school’s counseling and attendance staff and are routinely called upon to talk to students and investigate a variety of calls. Most importantly, the officers serve as a classroom resource providing numerous hours of Law Related Education (LRE) classes covering such topics ranging from substance abuse to constitutional law.