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School Resource Officer Program - Survey

Date: January 5, 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Winnipeg School Division will be reviewing the School Resource Officer program to better understand its value and collect feedback on the continuation of the program. A School Resource Officer, also known as SRO, is a member of the Winnipeg Police Service assigned to Winnipeg School Division schools. There are 9 School Resource Officers serving all 79 schools in the Division. The SRO has a number of responsibilities at the school(s) they work at such as:

  • Develop positive relationships with schools, their students and community
  • Support students in resolving problems with peers or others in the community 
  • Encourage students to stay engaged in school and keep safe
  • Educate and talk to students on topics such as safety on the internet, dangers of drugs, and personal safety
  • Help schools with safety planning if there are issues in the community
  • Attend school functions and participate in community events
  • Hold crime prevention awareness sessions for parents and the community

The first phase of the evaluation will be coordinated through the Research and Evaluation Department of WSD and will include student surveys (grades 7-12), staff surveys and parent surveys.

Over a two week period in January, grade 7-12 students will be given an opportunity to participate in the student survey for the SRO evaluation. They are encouraged to complete the survey, but have the option not to participate. The survey is anonymous. It will be completed online and will require approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you do not wish your child to participate in the survey, please contact your school principal by January 11, 2021. The student survey will be administered at an arranged time by the school during January 18 to 29, 2021 period.

In January, parents and guardians will receive information to participate in the parent/guardian surveys as part of the SRO evaluation process.

The second phase will target community engagement and consultation. More information will be sent to schools and the community in the near future.

If you would like more information, please contact the Research Department at research@wsd1.org or 204-789-0433.

Thank you.

Dennis Mogg
Principal


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