School Resource Officers
The Tracy Police Department works through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) to provide three School Resource Officers (SRO). One SRO is assigned at Tracy High School, West High School and Kimball High School. The SRO’s also have responsibility for the rest of the schools in the TUSD system.
A School Resource Officer is a sworn officer assigned to a school on a long-term basis trained to perform three major roles: law enforcement officer, law-related counselor and law-related educator. In addition, the officer works in collaboration with the school and the community as a resource for safety and security issues.
SRO Bancroft reading to L.E.A.P. program students
SROs are responsible for investigating violations of criminal law and when appropriate make arrests. A SROs sworn duty to enforce the law does not contradict the need for the SRO to be positive role model -- it in fact supports it. It is essential for a SRO to endorse high moral standards and use good judgment and discretion. Through this, students learn and understand what a professional police officer does.
It is important to note that SROs are not school disciplinarians. SROs should not be involved in investigating school rule violations: For example, a student cheating on a test. Violations of school rules are the responsibility of the principal and faculty. If a violation of a school rule is also a criminal offense the SRO may conduct a concurrent investigation and take the appropriate action under the policies and procedures set forth by their police agency.
To contact a specific SRO, call the Tracy Police Department at 209-831-6550.