In cooperation with the local schools, the Hays Police Department has assigned two full-time certified officers to assist in maintaining a safe, drug and violence free school environment. The School Resource Officers (SROs) utilize a three tiered approach, acting as a:
1.Law Enforcement Officer
The SRO program was created, not in response to an increase in crime within the school system, but instead to provide an additional resource for the schools to call upon to help reduce the incidents of delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, bullying, peer pressure and other issues which tend to occur in the school environment. The SROs take a proactive role within the schools, helping to identify concerns before they become a problem. The daily interaction between the officers and students not only promotes a positive relationship between youth and law enforcement but also fosters an environment of trust, an important factor for kids who may find themselves in need of help at some point.
Employed by the Hays Police Department, the SROs work with all of the schools, both public and private.
Public Schools (USD 489)
Hays High School
Felten Middle School
Kennedy Middle School
Westside Alternative School
The Learning Center
Thomas More Prep – Marian High School
Holy Family Elementary
High Plains Baptist
School Resource Officers
The SROs are involved in several programs (D.A.R.E., Life Skills) and assist other outside organizations (Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County, Youth Friends, and PACT - In Charge At Home.
The SROs are available to do finger printing with the Identi-Kid Program, Stranger Danger, safety talks, and other speaking engagements on various topics. If you would like to speak to a SRO or request a presentation, please contact the Hays Police Department.