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The primary missions of the School Resource Officer are three-fold; formal instruction and presentation, informal consultation pertaining to law enforcement and safety issues, and law enforcement.
The SRO is not intended to serve as a "security officer" in the school, nor is he there to enforce disciplinary policies. The ultimate responsibility is to carry out his duties as a police officer, as expressed and interpreted through the Police Department chain of command.
Who is Officer O'Brien?
Officer O'Brien and his wife Linda have four sons. He has been a Lancaster Police office for twenty years. He is a life long resident and graduate of Lancaster High School. His primary job has been the D.A.R.E officer for the Lancaster School District. He recently attended and was certified as a School Resource Officer in Pittsburg, Pa. Officer O'Brien has memberships in the NYSPJOA and DARE Officers of New York. Officer O'Brien looks forward to his first year as the SRO at Lancaster High School. Officer O'Brien's office can be found across from the Java Gym in the conference room (to the left after entering).
Who is Officer Formato?
Officer Jim Formato has been a Lancaster Police Officer for over 20 years, certified as a Juvenile Officer and School Resource Officer, with specialized training in gang awareness. Officer Formato has active memberships in the State of New York Police Juvenile Officers Association, National Association of School Resource Officers, Lancaster Youth Bureau, Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and Police Conference of New York. Officer Formato is a certified official with Section VI of the NYSPHSAA with memberships in the NYSFHOA and BWLO. Officer Formato is president of the Lancaster Lady Monsters Club Lacrosse, a youth girls' lacrosse program; he has three daughters.
Duties of the School Resource Officer
1. To ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff throughout the Lancaster School District
2. To counsel students in special situations, such as students suspected of engaging in criminal misconduct, when requested by the principal or parents of the student
3. To enforce criminal laws on the local, state, and federal levels, and to assist school officials with the enforcement of policies and regulations regarding student conduct
4. To investigate criminal activity on or around school property
5. To answer questions that students may have concerning criminal and juvenile law
6. To assist other officers with outside investigations concerning students
7. To provide police protection at special school events or functions