School Resource Officers (SRO) are assigned to serve schools in the Artesia Public School district. They work in collaboration with educators, students, parents, and the community to reduce crime, drug abuse, violence, and to provide a safe school environment.
School Resource Officers from the Artesia Police Department must attain certification by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) following 40 hours of training
How do School Resource Officers Provide a Safe School Environment?
Patrol school grounds, respond to calls for service in the area, and participate in juvenile enforcement missions to prevent juvenile delinquency. Provide guidance on ethical issues in a classroom setting or informal settings. Provide individual counseling and mentoring to students. Give classroom presentations on the work of the SRO, the criminal justice system, and other related topics that help to build an understanding of law enforcement's role in the community. Participate in school-related events.
The Support Division is under the command of Commander Errmilo Olivas.
The Artesia Police Department won the NASRO 2013 Model Agency Award. This award recognizes agencies that exemplify the NASRO triad concept (law enforcement, teaching and informal counseling) in their training, policies and standards.