Safety is of the utmost importance and key on Shadow Mountain High School’s campus. There are many procedures and practices in place to ensure the well-being of students and staff while on campus.
About Officer Gerald Stuart
Officer Gerald Stuart has served as a police officer for 14 years with the City of Phoenix. He has been assigned as a school resource officer (SRO) officer for the past four years on elementary, middle, and high school campuses. Office Stuart’s work experience ranges from Mayor’s Protection Detail, Action Community Squad, Patrol, and Transit Bureau, giving him a strong background in law enforcement. At Shadow Officer, Stuart has taken it a step further by being a part of our school by becoming an assistant coach for our girl’s soccer team. Officer Stuart has also been working with the Shadow’s administration, PVSchools IT department, and Media Specialists to implement and deliver digital citizenship content that will address the digital concerns at Shadow Mountain High School.
Stuart's role on campus is to work collaboratively with teachers and students to provide law-related educational courses. Our school is fortunate to have Officer Stuart, who serves as that extra preventative measure in the area of school safety due to being awarded the School Safety Grant yearly.
Officer Stuart has been an immense asset to Shadow with our Forensics and Law Enforcement classes, his assistance with the prevention of behavioral issues, and he has assisted with serious discipline and safety issues that typically require the involvement of a law enforcement officer. Overall, Officer Stuart provides the necessary law enforcement and security assistance for all students and staff.
Resource Officer Frequently Asked Questions
What is a school resource officer (SRO)?
A law enforcement officer employed by a police department or agency that works in a policing assignment with one or more schools.
What are appropriate roles of school resource officers?
The roles of the resource office are to promote a safe learning environment, fostering positive relationships with students, while providing resources to school faculty and working with schools to resolve issues affecting students.
What evidence exists that school resource officers are valuable?
A two-year study by Canada's Carleton University found that the funds invested in an SRO program created positive social and economic value within schools in the following ways (source: National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) website):
- Prevention or minimization of school property damage, as well damage in the surrounding areas.
- Prevention of student injuries and death involving drug overdoses, violence, etc.
- Reduction in schools needing to contact 911.
- Reduction in the likelihood of students creating a criminal record.
- Increased likelihood that students will receive needed assistance from the health care and social service systems.
- An increase in the feeling of safety among students and staff.