School Resource Officer survey results

School Resource Officer survey results

Ninety percent of respondents to a recent survey about the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) indicate having SROs assigned to schools is extremely important or important to them.

CCPS conducted a 2021 School Resource Officer (SRO) survey March 17 through 23. The online survey asked Charles County students, parents, school system staff and community members to weigh in on the program, which started in 1999. There were 5,627 respondents.

The survey asked about familiarity with the SRO program and opinions on the importance of having SROs in schools, and if SROs help maintain a safe learning environment in schools.


Survey Results – School Resource Officers

5,627 respondents completed the survey.


Are you a resident of Charles County?

Yes                                                                  5,205                           92.50 percent

No                                                                   225                              4 percent

No answer                                                       197                             3.50 percent


What is your role in the community?

CCPS employee                                              918                              16.31 percent

Parent/Guardian of student                       3,091                         54.93 percent

Student                                                           1,087                           19.32 percent

Community member                                       506                              8.99 percent

No answer                                                       25                               .44 percent


How would you describe the role of School Resource Officers (SROs) in maintaining a safe learning environment in CCPS schools?

Extremely important                                       4,043                           71.85 percent 

Important                                                        916                             16.28 percent

Somewhat important                                      409                              7.27 percent

Not important                                                 231                              4.11 percent

No answer                                                       28                               .50 percent


Were you aware there was an SRO assigned to all middle and high schools during the 2019-20 school year?

Yes                                                                  4,840                           86.01 percent

No                                                                   758                              13.47 percent

No answer                                                       29                                .52 percent


Do you think CCPS should have an SRO in every elementary school?

Yes                                                                  4,153                           73.80 percent

No                                                                   1,440                           25.59 percent

No answer                                                       34                               .60 percent

How important to you feel it is to have SROs assigned to CCPS schools?

Extremely important                                       4,106                           72.97 percent 

Important                                                        981                              17.43 percent

Not needed                                                    347                               6.17 percent

Indifferent                                                       169                              3.00 percent

No answer                                                       24                               .43 percent


Please evaluate the following:

SROs build positive relationships within the school community.

Strongly disagree                                            737                              13.10 percent

Disagree                                                          235                              4.18 percent

Neutral                                                            680                              12.08 percent

Agree                                                              1053                            18.71 percent                         

Strongly agree                                                 2902                            51.57 percent                         

No answer                                                       20                                .36 percent


SROs promote a safe learning environment.

Strongly disagree                                            700                              12.44 percent

Disagree                                                          210                              3.73 percent

Neutral                                                            537                              9.54 percent

Agree                                                              1,137                             20.21 percent

Strongly agree                                                 3,015                           53.58 percent

No answer                                                       28                                .50 percent


SROs provide an atmosphere of support and nurturing in CCPS schools.

Strongly disagree                                            740                              13.15 percent

Disagree                                                          290                             5.15 percent

Neutral                                                            721                              12.81 percent

Agree                                                              1,082                           19.23 percent

Strongly agree                                                 2,765                          49.14 percent

No answer                                                       29                               .52 percent


Open responses

1,214 or 21.59 percent of respondents provided comments about the program.


About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).


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