Mayor Patrick Henry Hays


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The NLRPD School Resource Officer (SRO) Program is a cooperative effort between the North Little Rock Police Department and the secondary schools of the North Little Rock School District. The SRO is a specially trained and fully commissioned police officer who works with and aids the administration and student population of secondary public schools. The SRO strives to reduce and deter crime on school campus by his/her presence and by being a mentor to students and an advisor to faculty.

2. When was the program created and why?

The NLRPD SRO Program was started in 1991 as part of a nationwide response to rising juvenile crime and drug use, especially as focused on the school campus.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

The SRO Programís effectiveness has been measured by comparing crime and violence statistics on school campuses before and after implementation of the program.

4. How is the program financed?

The SRO Program is financed exclusively by the North Little Rock Police Department.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

The community is involved in the SRO Program as itsí members observe SROís at school events and on campus. The community response to the SRO Program has been positive as parents have expressed that they and their children feel more safe with the SRO on campus.

6. Contact person:

Lieutenant Phil Mask

Training & Crime Prevention Unit Commander

North Little Rock Police Department

200 West Pershing Blvd.

North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

(501) 771-7190

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