The Medford Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) program was created in 1994 in partnership with Medford School District 549c. The program started with one part-time officer splitting time between all schools. Since that time, the SRO program has grown to include five full-time School Resource Officers.
The purpose of the program is to increase safety within our school communities and promote a positive environment where education can occur. School Resource Officers receive specialized training in how to work with juveniles in a school setting and navigate the often complicated process of law enforcement in a school setting. The SRO is both a sworn police officer and a school district official.
School Resource Officers are assigned to North, Central and South High Schools, as well as McLoughlin and Hedrick Middle Schools. Each SRO is assigned elementary schools as well, and they handle cases that occur at, or involve students at, other schools located inside the city.
All MPD School Resource Officers receive exhaustive training from, and are members of, the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the Oregon School Resource Officers Association (OSROA). Two of our officers, Mike Jackson and Mark Patterson, serve on the executive board for OSROA.
More than simply a police presence to enforce laws in and around our schools, School Resource Officers do classroom and community presentations on a variety of topics, conduct crisis planning and security drills, assist with risk management and threat assessment, and mentor our kids. As an integral part of the school culture and community, the SRO is one of the best examples of community-oriented policing you will find.
During the summer months, the officers are assigned to assist other units within the police department like patrol, our livability team and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team.
Our School Resource Officers are available to speak to parents, concerned citizens and groups concerning a variety of topics affecting youth in our city. Please feel free to contact them with questions and/or concerns.
For non-emergency response, contact dispatch at 541-770-4784
SRO Mark Patterson: 541-842-1619
North Medford High School
Abraham Lincoln Elementary
SRO Jim Barringer: 541-842-1390
South Medford High School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Griffin Creek Elementary School
Jacksonville Elementary School
Ruch Community School
SRO Arturo Vega: 541-842-3919
Central Medford High School
Jackson Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Hoover Elementary School
Logos Public Charter School
SRO Mike Jackson: 541-842-1390
McLoughlin Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School
Howard Elementary School
SRO Ian McDonald: 541-842-1274
Hedrick Middle School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Lone Pine Elementary School
Orchard Hill Elementary School (Phoenix/Talent School District but in Medford city limits)
SRO Supervisor - Lt. Trevor Arnold, 541-774-2272, firstname.lastname@example.org