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School resource officers

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"How many school resource officers does the police department have, what schools are they in and what do they do in the schools?"

Right now I am the only School Resource Officer (SRO) with the Lake Oswego Police Department. I have been with the Lake Oswego Police Department for 15 years, and I am starting my sixth year as SRO for the Lake Oswego School District. I spend most of my time in the elementary and middle schools, where I typically give more than 600 class presentations a year on various safety topics ranging from stranger and personal safety issues to drug and alcohol education, to mock trials. I am a resource to and assist at the high schools when needed.

As SRO, I try to build positive relationships with students and act as a resource to them and their families. I assist teachers and school administration with issues and special projects when requested and maintain a good working relationship with them. FilippelliI am a liaison and point of contact between the police department and the schools. I also investigate criminal calls and Department of Human Services referrals and help maintain a safe learning environment in the schools. Some of my other duties have been teaching driver’s education classes, working home football games and traffic control for special school events, arranging K-9 demonstrations and bike rodeos and assisting the city parks and recreation department with various camps.

— Officer Steve Filippelli