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The Hobart Police Department's School Resource Officer (SRO) Program, is part of HPD’s focus on better serving the city through Community Oriented Policing. Hobart has two specially trained officers assigned to the School City of Hobart.

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Cpl. Gresser joined by his K-9 partner Scout serve as SRO, assigned to the Hobart Schools since 2014.  He is a lifelong resident of Hobart and Class of 1993  H.H.S. Alumni.  In addition to being a 16 year veteran of the Hobart Police Department he served four years of active duty in the Army National Guard.  Cpl. Gresser is an instructor for ILEA and in 2012 achieved master K-9 trainer.

Officer Jimenez is the most recent SRO being assigned 2016, to serve Hobart Schools.  He is a H.H.S. Class of 2002 Alumni, Hall of Honors.  After High School he attended IUN, graduating Class of 2006 with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Officer Jimenez has been a sworn Officer with Hobart Police Department since 2006.   

Mission Statement
To maintain a clean, safe, secure, and uninterrupted learning environment for the students, staff, administration, and parents of School City of Hobart to provide concentrated assistance in implementing sound crime and violence reduction programs, including components of a safe school climate, community involvement, and building security and the fostering of cooperative relationships between Hobart Police Department and the School City of Hobart.

Roles
A school resource officer fills many different roles within his or her school:

• The SRO is a vital member of the school's administrative team, helping to solve problems within the school community.
• The SRO is an educational resource for students, teachers, administrators and parents.
• The SRO provides students with a positive role model and a balanced view of law enforcement.
• The SRO is a proactive law enforcement officer dealing with law related issued on and off of campus.

Mentoring
Mentoring is the central focus of the program. SROs have the opportunity to form lasting impressions on young people. To help students succeed, the SRO provides guidance, tutoring and coaching to all students.

Law Enforcement Officer
Any law related issue that arises on campus is the SRO's responsibility. In many ways, his/her school is no different than any other patrol beat. Whether it is child abuse, disorderly conduct, theft or some type of assault, the SRO is there to handle it quickly and professionally. As a Community Police Officer, the SRO is charged with proactively addressing the crimes that occur on campus, both through enforcement and education. Every school is different, so each SRO must tailor his/her method of operation to both the specific problem and the school.

Teacher/Trainer

The SRO is available as a guest speaker or as a resource to nearly every classroom within the school.

Counselor
The SRO is a resource for faculty, staff, parents and students while performing informal counseling and/or lending advice. These officers have received extensive training regarding programs and services available to handle problems and conflicts. Getting the right kind of help to those that need it is one of the SRO's highest priorities.


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School

Ph: 219-942-8541, ext. 8477

Police Department
Ph: 219-942-1125, ext.4117
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City of Hobart
414 Main St.
Hobart, IN 46342
Ph: 219-942-CITY