School Resource Officer Program
In 1993, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Grants Pass School District entered into a partnership for a School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. The inter-agency cooperative effort places a specialty-trained SRO in the schools full-time in the school year. The program provides a safe and secure learning environment for students, educators, and parents in the school community.
SRO Jennings Stewart attended Grants Pass High School himself, played football for the Oregon Ducks, and was a patrol officer before applying and being selected for this assignment. SRO Stewart continues to combine his love of sports and mentoring students by coaching in addition to his law enforcement position.
Together, GPDPS and GPSD strive to build positive relationships that allow us to share critical information, prevent incidents, and deter criminal activity. SRO Stewart strives to be a positive role model for the students.
The SRO program has had tremendous benefits for both School District 7 as well as the Police Department. Together we strive to build positive working relationships where we're able to proactively prevent incidents, share critical information to deter current and future incidents, and work to be positive role models for the students.
SRO Stewart maintains a high profile at Grants Pass High School, North Middle School, South Middle School, Gladiola Alternative School, and the District's six elementary schools. His duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Counseling and mentoring
- Enforcing the District 7 Attendance Initiative
- Ensuring compliance of state law and city ordinances
- Offering instructional and teaching opportunities within the classrooms
- Providing resources to staff, students, and parents
Student Public Safety Academy
One of the newest ventures for the SRO is the facilitation of a Student Public Safety Academy. The academy is taught as a semester-long class and provides students with a better understanding of all public safety aspects.
Juvenile Department Meetings
The School Resource Officer also attends and facilitates meetings with the Juvenile Department to include District 7 administrators and staff and probation officers from the Juvenile / Adult Probation and Parole Departments. The goal of the meeting is to discuss issues involving juveniles and other community and school related matters.