School Resource Officer Program Review
The District, in partnership with the City of Beaverton, is reviewing the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. For the past year, our district and city leaders have heard from many in the community — including educators, parents/guardians and students — about school safety and the role of SROs.Through the Beaverton Student Advisory Committee and affinity groups, students across the district have prioritized discussions specifically about the SRO program. As community members, we share an interest in keeping students and staff safe. We also acknowledge that there are many different lived experiences and perspectives about what safety means, and there are a wide array of perspectives from our diverse community regarding the appropriate role of SROs.
The District and the City of Beaverton have jointly determined that a review of the SRO program is needed and have hired the consultant SeeChange to help facilitate that process. The cost of this review will be shared by both the District and the City. Students, parents/guardians, educators and SROs will have an opportunity to inform this program review in the first half of 2022. It’s important to note that no decisions have been made at this point about the changes to the program.
Is the District ending the School Resource Officer (SRO) program?
No decisions have been made by the District or the City of Beaverton regarding the changes to the SRO program. The purpose of this review is to gather information and community input that will inform recommendations. Ultimately, decisions will be made by your elected representatives on the School Board and the City Council and not by the consultants.
Why is the District reviewing the SRO program?
Elected School Board members have heard from many community members regarding the SRO program — some who are in favor of the program and some who are not. To enable the Board to make informed decisions about the future of this program, the Board agreed to a review. The consultant will support BSD in providing a transparent, student-centered process that will inform the School Board regarding the role of SROs and potential reforms to the existing program. The School Board will share this review and any resulting recommendations with the Beaverton City Council.
Who is doing the review, and what will it involve?
Through the District’s Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process, SeeChange LLC submitted the highest-scoring proposal and was hired as the outside consultant to facilitate a review of the SRO program.
The review will involve community engagement through focus groups, interviews and surveys with students, parents/guardians, educators and SROs. It also will include a comprehensive analysis of existing data related to SROs and include a review that includes BSD’s three law enforcement partners (Beaverton Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Hillsboro Police Department).
Representatives of the School Board and Beaverton City Council are expecting the review to answers to a breadth of questions including those below, plus many more that are detailed in the Request for Proposals for this work on pages 7-9.
What kind of student safety model is most responsive to the needs of the diverse BSD student community?
How does the role of campus monitors compare to the role of SROs?
What is the current data, policies and procedures that impact how and when SROs interact with students?
What culturally-affirming and restorative safety response models are being currently implemented to ensure the health and wellness of diverse student populations?
What training may be needed to respond in a restorative, culturally-responsive and bias-free way in emergencies and non-emergencies involving SROs and/or other law enforcement?
Didn’t the District already gather community input about the SRO program? Why does it need more?
The District distributed a survey in 2020 to understand perspectives related to SROs. About 2500 students, parents/guardians and educators responded. That survey asked these primary questions:
If you’ve had personal experiences with SROs, were they positive or negative?
Do you agree or disagree that SROs should be in schools?
Many respondents shared positive experiences with SROs, while others expressed an interest in learning more, such as:
How much money is spent on SROs?
What exactly are SROs’ duties?
What kind of screening/training do SROs receive?
Could funds devoted to SROs be better spent on other support programs?
Other community members suggested that the School Board increase the diversity of SROs and/or create a hybrid model that incorporates counseling and social services to support students.
Those questions/concerns prompted the City and the District to jointly develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a consultant to support an assessment of the SRO program.
When will the review take place?
It will begin in January 2022 and be completed no later than July 2022.
How can I get involved in the review?
Opportunities to engage in the review are still being developed and will be shared in early 2022.
How is this review being funded, and how much will it cost?
The community has expressed interest in exploring these questions and doing so requires resources. The City provides most of the cost for the SROs in our schools, and the City is sharing the costs of this review process with the District.
The contract total with SeeChange is $155,600; the City will pay $75,000, and the District will pay $80,600.
If you have questions about this process, please contact the School Board by emailing School_Board@beaverton.k12.or.us.