Beginning Monday, October 2, 2017, a familiar face with the Beaumont Police Department will be walking the halls of Beaumont’s high schools and middle schools. After much discussion and with the approval of both the Beaumont City Council and the Beaumont Unified School District, an agreement has been made to establish a School Resource Officer program. The School Resource Officer (SRO) is a vital link between the District and City as it pairs a veteran police officer to the District’s secondary schools.
The goal of the SRO program is to create a successful working relationship to reduce criminal activity on school campus and provide a safe place for students to learn and grow. The duties and responsibilities for this position include working with school administrators and officials, maintaining a high level of visibility on the campuses, serving as a resource for facilitation of gang awareness and intervention, performing selected enforcement as needed, assisting with school campus meetings and other special events where the skills of an SRO might be needed, as well as acting as a liaison with various juvenile organizations.
Officer Castro has been chosen to represent the Beaumont Police Department as the assigned SRO to the District. Officer Castro has ten years of experience serving as an Officer with the Beaumont Police Department. Officer Castro was hired by the department in 2007 and has worked in patrol and as a detective investigating a multitude of complex investigations including crimes against persons, property, and children. Throughout his career Officer Castro has also volunteered countless hours towards the Adopt-A-Cop program and has mentored youth through Beaumont Police Department’s Explorer program. We believe that Officer Castro will be a great fit for the SRO program and look forward to seeing his efforts compliment the District’s student safety initiatives.
The School Resource Officer’s role includes:
- Acting as an integral part of the Campus Crisis Response Team, and to review and give input regarding the School Safety Plan.
- Working cooperatively to reduce the incidence of student truancy.
- Serving as a mentor and role model for students.
- Working with school administrators and other law enforcement personnel to act swiftly and cooperatively when responding to major disruptions at school.
- Reporting and documenting crimes that occur on campus and investigate crimes that occur at school.
- Partnering with other law enforcement officials in the investigations of criminal offenses which occur off-campus, but within the surrounding community.