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HUSD Will Not Renew School Resource Officer Program Until Further Conversations with the Community
Posted 6/16/20

The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) has decided to not renew the School Resource Officer (SRO) program for the 2020-21 school year until further conversations with the community. The program’s contract was originally set to be renewed on July 1, 2020. 


SROs are Hayward police officers who are specifically trained to work with youth in school settings. They receive specialized and ongoing training in principles of trauma-informed policing and restorative practices. However, with the need to reexamine policing practices in general, both HUSD and the City of Hayward (COH) believe that the SRO program merits specific review. HUSD and COH are in the process of planning discussions with their respective governing bodies and the HUSD community. Look for future announcements about these important conversations. 


The School Resource Officer program provides a wide array of services to students and staff. School communities, and HUSD as a district, have developed a great partnership with the officers that serve our schools. The primary function of the SROs is to build relationships with students through a series of programs. SROs also work closely with school administrators to investigate reported crimes on campus, respond to immediate security threats, and provide security services for school events. In some cases, officers are themselves former HUSD students and alumni of the schools they serve.


The powerful protests that have erupted around the world have forced a national conversation about racial injustice and policing practices. Additionally, our reflective practices as part of our strategic planning have placed issues of equity at the forefront as we work to improve the academic and social-emotional experiences of all of our students. We owe it to our youth and their calls for systematic change to pause and have an honest conversation about the presence of law enforcement in our schools. 


Our next step is to listen to our students, staff, and the broader school community about how we can best meet the physical and emotional needs of all students while they are on any of our school campuses. We look forward to thoughtful conversations with all of our stakeholders. 


Learn more about the SRO program