Literature Review: Should the Graham ISD Continue the SRO Program
Tarleton State University
The current School Resource Officer (SRO) for the Graham Police Department (GPD), assigned to the Graham Independent School District (GISD), will soon be retiring and the GPD and the GISD need to determine if the SRO program shall continue. This literature review is to show that a research study, to examine the impact of the SRO program in the Graham ISD and if the program is worthy of continuation, is needed. To make this determination the study needs to look at the interactions between students and the school resource officer and attempt to determine the students’ and the communities’ feelings about the SRO program and their sense of school safety. The current researches about SRO programs are either to broad with mixed results or inadequate to make a determination for a single small independent school district. By completing a study on a small independent school district it may show that more concentrated studies of SRO programs are needed to determine the true need of the SRO program in each individual ISD and community.
RQ #1: Do interactions with an SRO in Graham ISD schools positively or negatively influence students’ and community feelings about police officers?
RQ #2: Does interaction with an SRO impact Graham ISD students’ and the communities’ sense of school safety?