Term of Award

Summer 2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

John Brent

Committee Member 1

Laura Agnich

Committee Member 2

Chad Posick


As school security measures are increasing, including the use of school resource officers (SRO) throughout the United States, there is a concern that these officers are being used as disciplinarians rather than being in the schools to ensure student safety. There is very little research that looks at the job expectations for SROs and if the training they receive reflects what is required of them. To address this issue, this study will provide the perspectives that SROs have on their job responsibilities, what they believe their responsibilities should be, and if the training they received reflects those responsibilities. This study used in-depth interviews and observations to gain insight into the roles and the training of SROs in the modern world. The study discovered four major themes that relate to the training and roles of SROs

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