School Resource Officer (SRO) programs have been in schools since the 1960's. SRO’s focus their functions on the "Triad Model" consisting of law enforcement, student counseling, and law-related education. The mission of the Oakdale Police Department SRO Program is the reduction and prevention of school-related violence and crime committed by juveniles and young adults. This is accomplished by assigning Police Officers to school facilities on a permanent basis. The SRO Program accomplishes this mission by creating and maintaining safe, secure and orderly learning environments for students, teachers and staff. The SRO will establish a trusting channel of communication with students, parents and teachers. SRO's will serve as a positive role model to instill in students good moral standards, good judgment and discretion, respect for other students, and a sincere concern for the school community. SRO's will promote citizen awareness of the law to enable students to become better-informed and effective citizens, while empowering students with the knowledge of law enforcement efforts and obligations regarding enforcement as well as consequences for violations of the law. SRO’s will serve as a confidential source of counseling for students and parents concerning problems they face as well as providing information on community resources available to them. The Oakdale Police Department currently has two School Resource Officer Positions, Officer Max Messina, who is designated to patrol the Oakdale High School and Officer Joseph Parreira, who is designated to patrol the Junior High School and Elementary schools.
Some of the activities and programs the SRO’s participate in are; Every Fifteen Minutes, Sober Grad, Drug Store Program, Sporting Events, Classroom presentations, SARB and SART and much more.