In partnership with the Bozeman School District, our department continues to ensure the safety and education of over 6,500 children in our schools. We have four School Resource Officers assigned to these duties full-time, with the funding being shared with the school district.
The goals of the School Resource Program are to collaboratively work with educators, students, parents, and the community to provide a safe school environment, and offer law-related educational programs in the schools in an effort to reduce crime, drug abuse, and violence. Two of our SROs are assigned to the Bozeman High School and focus on their needs. The remaining two are assigned to cover the two middle schools and 8 elementary schools with a higher focus on education.
Our department’s role within the school district has evolved dramatically over the past few years, with additional focus on complex case investigations, student risk assessments, and school safety plans. When school is not in session, these officers assist with investigations, update safety assessments, teach the "Run, Lock, Fight" to school staff, and assist with the Junior Police Leadership Academy at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena.