As most people are aware, the City of Hollister is partnered with the Hollister R-V School District by providing a certified School Resource Officer to the School District. As of the 2018-2019 school year, there was a new face in the hallways as the role changed hands. Officer Bret Taylor joined the Hollister Police Department in 2018 to take the position of School Resource Officer. Officer Taylor has also taken over as the D.A.R.E. Officer for the City of Hollister. Officer Taylor is certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers, has completed training through the Crisis Intervention Team of Missouri and is an instructor, teaching First Responders what they may encounter and how to conduct themselves when dealing with someone on the Autism Spectrum. Officer Taylor can also be found coaching football or supporting our Hollister Tigers during their many activities.
The SRO is a sworn Police Officer for the City of Hollister and is governed by all laws, regulations and policies that any other Hollister Police Officer is governed by. He also has to abide by policies set forth by the Hollister R-V School District.
The SRO has the duties of law related counselor and educator. As a law related counselor there may be times that a teacher or a member of the school staff will call upon the SRO to help with resolving a conflict. Parents may seek information from the SRO if they suspect their child may be experiencing with drugs or alcohol or if they suspect their child is being bullied at school. Many times students will just want someone to talk to about problems that they are experiencing, and the SRO can act as another caring adult in the school building who works to find positive solutions for young people. As a law related educator the SRO will have contact with most students in a school. The SRO can serve as a resource to school staff in the sharing of their experience and expertise. The SRO is often called into a classroom as a guest speaker to talk about law related topics, drug and alcohol prevention, criminal law topics as they relate to the students and school staff, and can at times be an extension of the other school staff in reinforcing school curriculum and policy. By allowing the SRO into the classroom the SRO is given the opportunity to interact with students and discuss law-related issues. The contact that the SRO has with students in the classroom is a positive learning experience. So you see the SRO does much more than just walk around the schools doing what he can to make sure your child has a safe, positive, and productive day at school. The SRO is there for anyone who has a vested interest in the school and he will do what he can to answer or find the answer to any question(s) you may have.