The PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm will include an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program (zoom link will be posted in the “News” section of the NW website one hour prior to the start of the meeting). The Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) is currently proposing a resolution to replace the SRO program and remove SROs from inside the school building. Because there is so much information to absorb surrounding this important issue, please review the resources contained in this email. You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the meeting. If you cannot attend please feel free to email questions and/or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The MCCPTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has proposed replacing the 2010 SRO Resolution with the new Proposed Resolution, in order to improve coordination, transparency, and accountability in the SRO program.
- SROs are in 25 high schools and one alternative program: 26 total police officers. These are armed police officers with offices in the schools.
- MCPS security assistants in high school and middle schools: 224 (2019-2020 data). These are MCPS employees, not SROs.
- School administrators largely initiate SRO engagement; arrests remove all MCPS and family oversight. It’s important to note that arrests are driven by the Memo of Understanding (MOU) between MCPD and MCPS. Click here to view the MOU.
- In MCPS, school arrests of black and brown students and those with disabilities are are disproportionate to their populations. While overall arrests have declined since the 2010 Resolution, the rate of arrests is still higher for these groups.
- The Safe to Learn Act of 2018: Requires SROs or adequate law enforcement coverage for public high schools, and calls for an expanded role of local school systems in coordinating students’ mental health services.
Please note that the MCCPTA will vote on this resolution on March 23, 2021 at the Delegate Assembly meeting. This vote will result in a recommendation to the Montgomery County Board of Education. The ultimate decision on the SRO program rests with the County Council.