DSW Candidate – Sidrah Khan, CSSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Beyond the Badge: Understanding the Functions and Effects of School Resource Officers in K-12 Schools

DSW Candidate – Sidrah Khan, CSSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Beyond the Badge: Understanding the Functions and Effects of School Resource Officers in K-12 Schools

This capstone presentation comprehensively explores the role of School Resource Officers (SROs) in K-12 educational settings. In recent years, the presence and functions of SROs have become subjects of increasing concern and scrutiny, reflecting a broader societal debate about policing in the United States. This study aims to shed light on the multifaceted responsibilities and potential impact of SROs in the context of K-12 schools.

Through academic research and policy analysis, this presentation explores the historical development of SRO programs, their current roles and responsibilities, and their influence on the school environment. In addition, this presentation examines the various roles SROs may play, from law enforcement and security provision to mentoring and support for students. It also investigates how SROs interact with students, teachers, and administrators and the potential implications for school climate and student well-being.

Moreover, this capstone presentation delves into the complex dynamics of power, race, and community perceptions surrounding SROs in educational settings. The findings of this capstone provide valuable insights into the ongoing debate over the presence and role of SROs in K-12 schools. This research contributes to a nuanced understanding of the issues by presenting a balanced view of their functions and potential consequences. It underscores the importance of evidence-based decision-making to create safe and inclusive school environments that promote all students’ well-being and educational success.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of SRO functions by accurately identifying and describing the various roles and responsibilities of SROs in K-12 schools.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize key stakeholders who are essential in K-12 schools.
  3. Participants will be able to identify disparities and biases present in the school system and provide solutions to promote equity and inclusivity in K-12 schools.


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.