School Resource Officer Unit
Sergeant Matt Rigberg, Supervisor
The Scottsdale Police Department's School Resource Officer Unit is designed to provided law enforcement services and law related education to the schools of the Scottsdale and Cave Creek Unified School Districts. Each School Resource Officer (SRO) acts as a law enforcement officer, teacher, mentor, and role model. The Unit members also act as liaisons between the schools, the community and the police department as well as various agencies such as Child Protective Services, Youth and Family Services, The Juvenile Probation Department, and other intervention and counseling resources.
The Unit is currently comprised of eleven officers, one sergeant, and one lieutenant. Combined, the Unit provides law enforcement services to over thirty schools, approximately 30,000 students and 3,000 staff members. Presently, every high school and most middle schools within the City of Scottsdale have a SRO permanently assigned to it. Elementary schools are provided service on a part time or as needed basis by the middle school SROs and patrol officers.
The combined professional work experience within the Unit is very diverse. Members include personnel who have worked as patrol officers, violent crimes detectives, property crimes detectives, narcotics detectives, gang and youth detectives and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operators and negotiators. Some members even have military and teaching backgrounds. Each officer within the Unit is also a certified bicycle patrol specialist.
It is the desire of the Scottsdale Police Department that the School Resource Officers, teachers and staff work together concerning all law enforcement issues to provide a safe and productive educational environment for the youth of our community. Ultimately, the School Resource Officers will uphold the Scottsdale Police Department's core values of Excellence, Initiative, and Integrity to ensure the best possible law enforcement services are provided to the students, teachers and staffs of our educational facilities.
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