The School Resource Officer (SRO) Program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a certified law enforcement officer within the educational environment on several different levels. This partnership between the school district and local law enforcement agency allows the SRO to work closely with the school administration to provide a safe learning environment, law related education, and the expertise of a trained law enforcement officer on campus.
Mentor The SRO acts as a mentor to the students. His door is always open for them to come in with any questions or concerns that they may have. The SRO also lectures in classes about drugs, alcohol, teen dating violence, and legal issues.
Liaison The SRO acts as a liaison between the schools and Police Department, keeping communication between the 2 open. The SRO also investigates the criminal incidents that occur on school property.
Detective Perna currently holds the SRO position. Officer Perna started as the SRO at the beginning of the 2015 school year. Detective Perna has attended/received the following trainings, certifications and memberships:
National School Resource Officer Association (NASRO), Member
Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association (MJPOA), Member
District Attorney’s Community Collaborative Initiative, Member
Ipswich Aware, Member
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design