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Chief Michael P. Murphy
150 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864
(978) 664-3131
(978) 664-3170 fax



School Resource Officer

School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit      

Detective Kevin Donle     


Elementary Schools, Pre-Schools and Day Cares
High School
Middle School

For more information, contact Detective Donle email, or you can call them at the police department at 978-664-3131.

The main purpose of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program is to better coordinate effort between the North Reading School Department and the North Reading Police Department in helping to provide and maintain a safe and secure environment which is conducive to learning within the schools.
The School Resource Officer has three main functions: law enforcement officer,
teacher, and advisor.
     1. As a law enforcement officer, the S.R.0 maintains a safe and secure school
        environment in which students feel safe to learn and teachers feel safe to teach.
     2. As a teacher, the S.R.O. may conduct classroom presentations pertaining
         to law related topics and in doing so, informs students and promotes positive
         attitudes regarding the police role in society.
      3. The S.R.O. acts as an advisor to students, parents, teachers, and staff on issues
         related to the law enforcement, substance abuse, delinquency, and other law
         related topics. The S.R.O. may talk with the students, parents, teachers, and staff
         about their problems and help them find possible solutions. When necessary, the
         S.R.O. may make referrals to appropriate social agencies for additional assistance.
The most effective way an S.R.O. can accomplish these goals is to be a positive role model. Students learn from every interaction they have with an S.R.O. It is essential for an S.R.0 to be a positive role model who endorses good judgment and discretion, is consistent and fair, respects all students and displays a sincere concern for the school community.
School Resource Officers must maintain a professional appearance; be visible, accessible and willing to talk to students; attend and participate in school activities; interact positively with students and the community, taking their concerns seriously; and maintain a positive relationship with the faculty and administrators.

One of the SRO's main responsibilities is to enhance the communication between the North Reading Police Department and the North Reading School Department. 
The School Resource Officer's responsibilities include:
  • Lead or assist in investigating all crimes that occur in school or at school            sponsored events.
  • Assist schools in filing complaints with the Department of Social Services and Juvenile Court.
  • Counsel and mentor students.
  • Attend Guidance meetings when requested.
  • Attend safety meetings and assist schools in practicing safety protocols.
  • Assist administrators when called upon.    
The SRO also assists in establishing safety plans for the entire school district. Some of the safety plans established include:

  • Intruder Drills (lock downs).
  • Weapons in Schools.
  • Evacuation Drills.
  • Missing/Lost or Abducted Student.
  • Medical Emergencies.
  • Bomb Threats.
  • Bus Accidents.
SROs are available for conferences with students, parents, and faculty members to offer assistance and advice on problems related to law enforcement and crime prevention. 
For more information, contact the appropriate officer by email, or you can call them at the police department at 978-664-3131.