The Tualatin Police Department School Resource Unit is charged with providing liaison and services to community schools. The unit is made up of three School Resource Officers (SROs) and is part of the Support Services Division. The unit is supervised by the Detective Sergeant.
The unit maintains offices at both Tualatin High School and Hazelbrook Middle School, maintaining a regular presence on those campuses. The unit also provides services to the three public elementary schools; Bridgeport, Byrom, and Tualatin, as well as Horizon Christian Schools, and M.I.T.C.H. Charter School. In addition to conducting criminal investigations and making arrests when appropriate, officers work proactively with students and staff to address issues before they become problems. They provide high visibility and routine patrol in known problem areas. SROs are often the first contact and collaborate with the Detective Unit and the Department of Human Services on investigations of abuse and neglect.
The School Resource Unit is the primary outlet of the Department's prevention/education efforts. All SROs are certified instructors in the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) curriculum. They interact with and serve as positive role models for students on a daily basis.
In addition to the core G.R.E.A.T. classes, SROs also instruct or present on other topics. "No-Go-Tell" teaches kids about personal safety and stranger awareness. SROs routinely speak on use of force and search and seizure in Senior Government classes. SROs regularly customize presentations for scout and preschool groups to enhance their learning of a particular topic.
The School Resource Unit's summer is devoted to the G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program. The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program offers 6th through 9th grade students the opportunity to attend a two week summer camp at little or no cost. A varied life skills curriculum is commingled with activities and fieldtrips. Typical focuses include substance abuse prevention, decision-making, relationship building, conflict resolution, and the like. The result is a positive educational experience for the student who gets to interact with officers working outside of their traditional role.