Students' Perceptions about the Effectiveness of School Resource Officers

Dashia K Donnell, Tennessee State University

Abstract

School administrators implemented School Resource Officers to combat the increase of crime in schools. Questions have been raised on the effectiveness of School Resource Officers maintaining school safety. The purpose of this review is to examine students’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the School Resource Officers (SROs) program.^ This study aimed to measure if there was a statistically significant difference in the perceptions of high school students on the effectiveness of School Resource Officers. The data regarding the effectiveness of School Resource Officers on school safety was collected from a survey of 200 high school students, which examined their perception on school safety, at a Metropolitan High School in Tennessee. The Spearman’s rho correlation coefficient was used in order to illustrate the strength and direction of students’ perceptions of the effectiveness of School Resource Officers Program between grade levels, gender, and race variables.^ Spearman’s rho correlation coefficient was used in this study in order to determine how strong the relationship was between the three variables. ^ The primary hypothesis was there is statistically significant difference in the perception between, grade level, gender, and race about the effectiveness of School Resource Officers Program. There are no statistically significant differences among freshman, sophomore, junior and senior regarding the effectiveness of School Resource Officer program. There are no statistically significant difference among gender regarding the effectiveness of School Resource Officer program. There are statically significant differences among race regarding the effectiveness of School Resource Officer program^

Subject Area

Secondary education|Criminology

Recommended Citation

Dashia K Donnell, "Students' Perceptions about the Effectiveness of School Resource Officers" (2016). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10244099.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI10244099

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