Building positive relationships with Community-Oriented Policing
The Kentwood Police Department's School Resource Program is a collaborative effort between the community, schools, and law enforcement. The goal of the School Resource Officer Program is to provide proactive law enforcement by working with educators, students and parents in an effort to reduce crime, increase security and promote a positive role model between youth and law enforcement. The SROs take pride in working collaboratively with school administrators, teachers, students, parents and the communities that surround the schools to achieve a safe learning environment. Building positive, everyday relationships with these community members helps ensure trust and partnership so students can reach their fullest potential. SROs work hard to bridge the gap between law enforcement and youth so they feel safe going to officers for help. The connections made at this age help build long-lasting relationships between students and law enforcement well after students graduate.