DETECTIVE DIVISION/School Resource Officer
The detective division is responsible for criminal investigation, as well as collecting, processing and managing all physical and electronic evidence. There are currently three detectives at Lower Moreland Township Police Department. The juvenile detective also serves as the School Resource Officer.
In January of 2020, we implemented a School Resource Officer position in our department to better serve our schools in the township. Who better for this position than our Juvenile Detective?
A school resource officer, by federal definition, is a career law enforcement officer with sworn authority who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work in collaboration with one or more schools. Those officers receive at least 40 hours of specialized training in school policing before being assigned. All SROs are issued and carry all the same equipment they’d have on any other law enforcement assignment.
The goals of a well-founded SRO includes providing a safe learning environment in the school, providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with youth, develop strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protect all students, so that they can reach their fullest potentials. The three main roles of a school resource officer are an educator (i.e. guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.