School Resource Officer

Description :




Provides law enforcement and community relations services to the NeoshoR-VSchool District and performs general public duties, processes, or operations as well as specialized police assignments for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of federal and state laws, municipal ordinances, and adheres to the Police Department’s policy and procedures manual.


Receives supervision from the administrative Lieutenant. Coordinates work of Police Officers and Patrolmen. 

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIESImportant responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Responds to calls for service regarding violations of the Safe Schools Act including gathering incident information, filing appropriate reports, issuing summonses, contacts with the Juvenile Office, and Juvenile Drug Court, DYS, DFS, and the School Board.
  2. Responds to calls for service including suspicious persons and activities
    1. Observes, analyzes, and evaluates situations to determine appropriate action.
  3. Arrests, detains, and apprehends a variety of offenders/suspects by use of necessary physical means.
  4. Coordinates/supervises security staffing for school events such as athletic events and graduation.
  5. Oversee traffic routing / planning near schools.
  6. Assist school administrators and faculty plan for and educate students regarding appropriate responses for intruder on campus emergency situations.
  7. Assists in counseling students exhibiting “at risk” behaviors.
  8. Participates in suspension hearings involving students facing possible long-term suspension or expulsion.
    1. Prepares and presents clear and accurate written and oral reports.

Other Important Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Testifies in court when required.
  2. Administers diversion program for first time offenders.
  3. Assists patrol division with follow-up investigations regarding cases involving students and juveniles including completing supplemental reports and setting up interviews.
  4. Conducts home visits for all schools to check on students having excessive absences and/or truancies.
  5. Assists agencies such as the Juvenile Office, Juvenile Drug Court, DYS, and DFS with investigations.
  6. Observes, retains, and recalls people, places, and situations in detail.
  7. Operates police vehicles and other equipment such as radar detection devices, tazer, copiers, etc.
  8. Demonstrates creativity regarding police related problems.
  9. Deals effectively and courteously with fellow employees and the general public.
  10. Fulfills assigned internal duties.
  11. Maintains appropriate supplies for assigned area.
  12. Attends in-service training sessions or other sessions deemed appropriate by the Supervisor.
  13. May be responsible for training colleagues.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  1. School District policies and procedures.
  2. Operations, services, and activities of a law enforcement program.
  3. Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory.
  4. Self defense tactics.
  5. Modern police methods and procedures related to patrol, traffic control, and investigation techniques.
  6. Departmental rules and regulations.
  7. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.
  8. Microsoft applications, word processing, spreadsheet, and data base software.

Ability to:

  1. Prepare clear and concise reports.
  2. Analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  3. Interpret and apply laws and regulations.
  4. Use and care for firearms.
  5. Demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory.
  6. Participate in public presentations as assigned.
  7. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted and in the course of work.
  9. Perform as a member of a team in carrying out the department’s mission to serve and protect.
  10. Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
    1. Making observations
    2. Reading and writing
    3. Operating assigned equipment
    4. Communicating with others
  11. Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of:
    1. Exercising sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous circumstances
    2. Evaluating various options and alternatives and choosing an appropriate and reasonable course of action
    3. Demonstrating intellectual capabilities during training and testing processes
  12. Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include the following:
    1. Running, walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
    2. Effecting arrests
    3. Subduing resisting individuals
    4. Chasing fleeing subjects
    5. Running, walking, crouching, or crawling during emergency operations
    6. Working in confined places or awkward positions
    7. Moving equipment and injured/deceased persons
    8. Climbing stairs/ladders
    9. Performing life-saving and rescue procedures
    10. Operating assigned equipment, including firearms and vehicles
  13. Effectively deal with personal danger, which may include exposure to:
    1. Hazardous chemicals and materials
    2. Dangerous firearms
    3. Intense heat
    4. Electrical hazards
    5. Dangerous animals
    6. Armed and dangerous persons
    7. Communicable diseases
    8. Hazards of emergency driving
    9. Emotional and criminal persons
    10. Hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic
    11. Natural and man-made disasters


High School diploma or equivalent required, Associates Degree preferred.  Graduation from a POST accredited Missouri Police Academy .  Must possess a valid Missouri State driver’s license.  Must be POST certified.  School Resource Officer Certification;

Standardized Field Sobriety Certification; BAC Instrument Operator; MO Class A Peace Officers License; Drug Interdiction; Pepper Spray Certification; Defense Tactics Certification; Firearms Qualifications; MULE Certification; Dept. of Health Type III DataMaster Permit; Specialty Impact Weapons Training required.  Must successfully complete periodic firearms, medical, and other training required to maintain POST certification.


Environmental Conditions

May be exposed to extreme weather, dust or pollen, toxic fumes, chemicals or smoke, contagious diseases, bodily fluids, electrical or mechanical hazards, and extreme noise.  May have poor ventilation.  May be exposed to emergency and disaster situations; may work in stressful situations.

Tools and Equipment

Departmental equipment and tools necessary to perform the functions of the positions include:  computers, vehicles, hazardous material protective gear, chemical developers, biological fluid collection equipment, measuring devices, recording devices, telephones, clipboards, camera, flashlights, handgun, shotgun, baton, paint, rope, evidence markers.

Miscellaneous Requirements

  1. May be required to work a variety of shifts including nights, weekends, or holidays.
  2. Subject to emergency call-in.
  3. Must successfully complete pre-employment substance abuse testing.
  4. Must successfully complete pre-employment background investigation.
  5. Will be subject to random substance abuse testing.

Open until filled. 


Contact : Employment
Please return employment applications to:
Neosho City Hall
203 E. Main St.
Neosho, MO 64850
Ph: 417-451-8050

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled