The Durham Police Department (DPD) implemented a pilot School Resource Officer (SRO) program in five middle schools starting with the 2017-18 school year – Brodgen, Durham School of the Arts, Lakewood, Rogers-Herr and Shepard. A collaboration with Durham Public Schools, the DPD School Resource Officer program sets forth a strategy to:
Foster and maintain a conducive teaching and learning atmosphere throughout the school day for students and faculty;
Capitalize on strong partnerships and professional expertise among law enforcement and school administrators to promote safety and wellness, while preventing juvenile delinquency and criminal activity; and
Promote positive attitudes among youth, parents, educators and the general public about the role of law enforcement in society through regular, welcoming and friendly interactions.
The SRO Unit also organizes and runs the department's annual summer camp sessions (the department's former GREAT Unit summer camp).
The Durham Police Department Summer Camps
Customarily, the department offers a free, week-long camp in June, July and August of each year. Open to youth ages nine to 13, the camp features daily field trips, and a variety of recreational, eductional and social activities that create positive and fun interactions among police officers and campers. DPD summer camps aim to add structured youth activities to the summer months and to strangthen law enforcement's relationship with participating youth and their families. DPD Summer Campregistration formsare processed on a first-come, first-served basis.