I have only looked at a couple of comments but it seems to me most people are unaware of the extent of duties SROs can have. I was with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and worked on these grants. In our community, these officers were just as much social workers as security officers, which actually worked out quite well since kids were not afraid to go to them with problems or suspicions. Say, for example, that a child is becoming a habitual truant. In going out to make sure the mother is aware of the situation, he finds the mother overwhelmed- her car is broken down and she is hand washing clothes when he arrives because the washer is also broken. He learns her ex stopped paying child f support and she normally drives the son to and from school, or at least part way, as they live in a rural community and his bus stop is down a long gravel road that she certainly does not want him walking in the dark-and it gets dark early now. Armed with this info, he is able to give her referrals for community help and advocate on behalf of the child with the administration. He’s in a rush now because he’s coordinating this year’s drunk driving program and he has to be at rehearsal
I am the last person most people would think of as wanting to fund police services, but because of my experience with this agency, I am proud to comment on behalf of this program. And for the person that commented that we don’t need to run to federal funding as many things are better left to the local level- these grants were created BECAUSE it was a struggle for most local communities to pay for them. Many agencies get a lot of unfunded mandates -that is, laws are passed requiring action or involvement with particular issues, but no corresponding funding is set aside for the desired outcomes to be implemented. This is one way of addressing that.