Oro Valley Police continue school resource officer program - Tucson News Now

Oro Valley Police continue school resource officer program

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  While some districts and police departments have had to cut the program, the School Resource Officers in Oro Valley have continued due to a commitment yearly in both the police department's and Oro Valley's strategic plan.  

The Oro Valley Police Department has had school resource officers in schools for more than 30 years, with SRO in seven schools including Ironwood Ridge High School. 

The main roles of the SRO's are law enforcement officer, law related counselor and law related educator.  At Ironwood Ridge, the SROs teach several classes including alcohol laws, traffic laws and health and drug awareness. They also participate in organized events from fund raising activities to graduation. 

During the 2011-2012 school year at Ironwood Ridge there were just over 200 police calls and due to those call and investigations 73 arrests were made. 

Oro Valley Police say since 2011 calls for service and arrests at the schools have gone down from 176 arrests in 2011 to 95 arrests in 2013. 

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