The Police Department's School Resource Officer (SRO) Program began at the start of the 2002-2003 school year. We received a three-year grant that funds the program with an agreement that funding will continue after the grant expiration. This program involves the assignment of a full-time uniformed police officer to the Bowie High School. This officer is also available to the other school campuses as needed.
The SRO program provides an increased level of effective interaction between the Police Department, students, school officials, and parents. This partnership between the Police Department and school system facilitates the rapid resolution of minor problems before they become big problems. While the SRO is a fully trained police officer with arrest authority, the primary focus is working with the school administration to maintain a safer learning environment. A typical day for an SRO may include consulting with a principal about a discipline issue, investigating the circumstances surrounding some lost property, intervening in a minor conflict between students, providing advice to a troubled student, and teaching a block of instruction on law to a class.
Serving the students and staff of the Bowie Independent School District is Officer Bob Blackburn.
For more information about the SRO Program or to speak with our school resource officer, please contact the Bowie Police Department at (940) 872-2251 or the Bowie High School at (940) 872-1154.