School Resource Officer
SRO officers for Caddo Mills Police Department and Caddo Mills School District are as follows:
They can both be emailed by sending an email to [email protected].
The Caddo Mills Police Department’s SRO Program is based on the “Triad Concept” in which the SRO is an Educator, Counselor and Law Enforcement Officer.
The SRO makes classroom presentations that are tailored to each grade level:
- Introduction to the SRO Program
- Careers In Law Enforcement
- Child & Family Laws
- Drugs and the Law
- Personal Safety & Self Protection
- Arrest Procedures and the Court System
- Alcohol & D.W.I.
- Search & Seizure Law
- Theft & Robbery
- General Question & Answer Sessio
The SRO is always available to the students, parents and faculty in their school to be an “Active Listener.” The SRO is not normally a state licensed counselor, but has a wealth of experience and expertise and can make referrals to many formal counseling services within the community. The SRO must be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics in his/her role as a counselor:
- Accidental Deaths
- Alcohol and its Effects
- Capital Punishment
- Auto Accidents
- Drug Abuse
- Family Relations
- Gang Violence
- Gun Control & Safety
- Hate Groups
- Inhalant Abuse
- Leaving Home / Runaways
- Police Abuse of Authority
- Protective Orders / Peace Bonds
- Student Relations
- Sexual Harassment
- Student Safety
Law Enforcement Officer
The SRO always strives to be proactive and not just simply reactive. The SRO must remember that he/she is a role model, not just for the students but for the community.
- The SRO may enforce laws from various sources:
- Texas Penal Code
- Texas Education Code
- Texas Family Code
- Texas Transportation Code
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code
- Texas Health & Safety Code
- City of Caddo Mills Code of Ordinances
The SRO may be the first responder to on-campus emergency situations:
- Natural disasters – tornado, flooding
- Man-made disasters – bombs, fire
- Injured or sick persons
- Suicidal persons
- Violent situations – armed persons, assaults
The SRO collects information and maintains statistical records:
- Crimes, investigations, & arrests
- Gang / Group activity
- Narcotics activity
The SRO is also the Crime Prevention Officer for his/her campus:
- Teach crime prevention techniques to students & faculty
- Locate and eliminate crime risks
Duties and Responsibilities
- The SRO is a Caddo Mills Police Officer first and is sworn to uphold the law. The SRO is not a school disciplinarian and will only take action when there is a violation of the law. School discipline is the responsibility of the school administrator.
- The SRO and the school principal will formulate plans and strategies to prevent and/or minimize dangerous situations which might occur on campus.
- The SRO will take action against trespassers or unwanted guests at the request of the principal or other school officials
- The SRO is not the “truant officer.” The school principal is responsible for filing truancy cases; however the SRO may transport truants back to school or to another appropriate facility.
- The SRO will participate in extracurricular and other official school activities.
- The SRO will conduct “Weapons Screenings” at the request of and with the cooperation of school principals.
The Caddo Mills Police Department SRO Program is jointly funded by the City of Caddo Mills and the Caddo Mills Independent School District. The salary and benefits for the officer assigned to the SRO Program is shared between the City and the CMISD. The City and the CMISD have entered into a formal annual contract to provide the SRO Program for the benefit of the students and the city as a whole.