The National Association of School Resource Officers will be at John Read Middle School in Redding for two weeks this summer for a basic school resource officer course and for an advanced course. There are fewer than 50 spots for each course and is open to any municipality in the area.
The basic course will be held August 5th through the 9th and is intended for officers with less than two years experience in schools and for school administrators. Those attending the sessions will recieve a National School Resource Officer Basic Course Certificate.
The course will focus on working as a problem solver, developing teaching skills and working as a police officer in a school setting.
The Advanced Course will be August 12th through the 14th. That course is designed for officers already working in an education environment and will advance their knowledge nd skills as a law enforcement officer, informal counselor and an educator. The program will also help SROs identify and diffuse potentially dangerous situations.
Those participating are asked to bring a laptop and copy of their Memorandum of Understanding.
More districts are employing School Resource Officers in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.