The school resource officer program was instituted within the Police
Department in 1990 with a focus on Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Anger
Management, Peer Relations and Mentoring. There are currently 6 school
resource officers serving in the Temecula Valley Unified School
District. The team is dedicated to keeping our students safe through
education, counseling and mentoring. They also implement inspirational
programs and expand resources through community partnerships. The
majority of students view “their” School Resource Officers as their
friend and mentor.
From left to right: Deputy Maynard, Deputy Kennedy, Sergeant Woods, Deputy Eastwood, Deputy Sosa, Deputy Garcia, Deputy Bowers.
Since its inception, the Temecula School Resource Officer program has taken a leading role within the State of California for similar programs. The school resource officers use what is known as the “triad” approach to campus safety. The 3 components of this approach are education, counseling, and law enforcement.
The theory behind the triad approach is that if students are educated about drugs, alcohol, violence and the consequences of illegal activity, they will be less likely to make mistakes. If minor mistakes are made, counseling, mentoring and positive reinforcement of behaviors are implemented. Should delinquency continue, law enforcement methods are utilized to correct the unacceptable behavior.